Following the heavy rain and subsequent flood that occurred in our district in June some of our activities and roads have been affected. Most are able to continue with business as usual, but in the interests of visitor safety and your holiday planning please refer to individual business updates and information for their current operating status.
The Whanganui River Road is officially open but is recommended for necessary travel only and requires extreme care. Campervans are advised not to attempt the drive as conditions are difficult especially when wet. Access for cycles and walkers remains in place
If you have an existing booking in the area please contact your provider in the first instance.
Pipiriki is unable to be accessed via the Whanganui River Road until late November so visitors wanting to take the Bridge to Nowhere Trip into the Whanganui National Park should access Pipiriki via SH4 turning West at Raetihi until that time.
Tracks and facilities in the Park including the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail and Whanganui Journey are expected to be reinstated by October.
We look forward to seeing you in Whanganui this summer season.
Tēnā koutou katoa. Welcome to Whanganui.
Te Awa O Whanganui – Kō au te Āwa, kō te Āwa kō au. I am the river, the river is me. These words embody the spiritual, cultural and historical relationship and defines the Iwi (Māori people) of the Whanganui River and region. Traditionally used by local Māori, this saying has become increasingly relevant to locals of European descent whose lives and history have also become interwoven by the river.
Where are we?
Located on the West Coast of New Zealand’s North Island and home to approximately 43,000 people, Whanganui (Sometimes spelt Wanganui) sits at the junction of State Highways 3 and 4. We are a 2 ½ hour drive north from New Zealand’s capital city Wellington, an hour and a half from Mount Ruapehu and Mount Tongariro or an hour flight from Auckland. Most of the city lies on the northwestern bank of the historically significant Te Awa o Whanganui – the Whanganui River. The longest navigable river in New Zealand and once known as the Rhine of New Zealand, the Whanganui River has shaped the history of the city and its people.
Whanganui is a place steeped in history, art and culture. Big enough to draw crowds and small enough to be intimate. There is something here for everyone. We are surrounded by mountains, Mount Taranaki, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Tongariro, a beautiful natural landscape, dramatic west coast beaches and unspoilt native bush for tramping and wilderness trips. Our vibrant community prides itself on its parks and reserves, cycle and walk ways and an abundance of creativity. Don’t be surprised to find an immediate sense of connection, an unexpected little slice of heaven, and real New Zealand authenticity. Enjoy our manaakitanga – our legendary hospitality. We look forward to welcoming you to our part of the world. Come and learn more. Kō au te Āwa, kō te Āwa kō au. I am the river, the river is me.