About Whanganui

Our lifestyle

With the Whanganui River running through the middle of our urban centre, Whanganui has rural and urban living options, an abundance of outdoor activities and sporting facilities, loads of cafes and bars, music venues and excellent educational facilities for all levels. We’ve also got affordable housing, a lack of traffic congestion and we are located within easy reach of Wellington, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Taupo and the Hawkes Bay. Plus, we have an incredibly temperate climate.

Heritage and culture

We’ve got a range of stunning architecture preserved from the early days of European settlement, as well as historic sites where Maori lived pre-colonisation. Take time out in our parks and gardens, or discover our arts and culture scene at Sarjeant on the Quay, the Whanganui Regional Museum or at one of 15 art galleries open year round.

Sport and recreation

From the Splash Centre’s lap pool, gym and hydro slide, to Cooks Gardens’ running track to the biennial New Zealand Masters Games sports tournament, regular marathon events, or one of our many clubs, we’ve got just about every sport or recreational activity you can think of. Plus, we have two mountain bike parks, five lakes, rugged West Coast beaches and a range of recreational activities on the awa and we’re only an hour or so away from some of the best ski fields in New Zealand


Our reputation for providing the best education in the country is aided by our outstanding facilities, and our endless variety of creative activities and events.


We’ve got a variety of major events on offer each year, including the Cemetery Circuit, Whanganui Literary Festival, V8 Jet Sprints Championships, Vintage Weekend, New Zealand Masters Games, Pūanga Whanganui Matariki Festival, Mountains to Sea Multisport Race and the Festival of Cultures, as well as a whole lot of smaller events.

What’s on Whanganui is the place to go to find out what’s going on.