Whanganui was one of the first
cities to be founded in New Zealand. Whanganui, meaning ‘big river’ comes from the great
river that flows through it.
The city is picturesque and has much to show the
visitor. Prominent heritage buildings in the city include the Whanganui Opera House and
the Sarjeant Art Gallery. Visit the regional museum and see the magnificent collection
of Lindauer portraits and Māori treasures. And have a look at one of the more unusual
attractions, the earthbound elevator that rises to the top of Durie Hill.
real heart of this place, both physically and spiritually, is the Whanganui River. In
early times the river was an important transport route for Māori and European settlers.
Today, the Whanganui National Park is a place of river adventures where you can zip up
the river by jetboat or cruise it by paddle steamer. For a kayaking experience, try the
‘Whanganui Journey’ which starts in Taumaranui and ends in Pipiriki, taking you through
stunning bush-clad hill country and long narrow gorges. Time, indeed, to go with the