Welcome to Whanganui
With rafts of casual Huck Finn sensibility, Whanganui is a raggedy historic town on the banks of the wide Whanganui River. Despite the occasional flood (much of the city centre was underwater in June 2015), the local arts community is thriving: old port buildings are being turned into glass-art studios, and the town centre has been rejuvenated. There are few more appealing places to while away a sunny afternoon than... Read More
Top experiences in Whanganui
Half-Day Whanganui Sightseeing Tour
Following a morning pickup at your accommodation in Whanganui, transfer to the Whanganui tourist office for 9:30am to meet your guide and begin your 2.5-hour tour. First, take a seat in your minibus and spin onward to the Durie Hill Tower. On arrival, take the elevator (own expense) to the top and admire panoramic views over Whanganui’s rooftops to the Tasman Sea, Mt. Ruapehu, and Mt Taranaki.From here, explore local landmarks including the Bason Botanical Gardens, the 19th-century military redoubt, Virginia Lake’s winter gardens and waterlily fountain, Wanganui Collegiate, and the Whanganui Royal Opera House — widely considered among the town’s more important sites of interest. Listen as your guide sheds light on Whanganui’s colorful history and heritage, then return in comfort to your Whanganui hotel to conclude your sightseeing tour.