Located on the West Coast of New Zealand’s North Island and home to approximately 43,000 people, Whanganui 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. more
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.
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Mobile-friendly - We are an outdoor adventure company that specializes in guided outdoor adventures through the Whanganui and Tongariro National Parks including guided walks on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. We have extensive knowledge of the region. We have vast experience working with people of all ages and abilities. We provide amazing outdoor adventures for individuals, families, school, social, corporate and team-building groups.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing guided tours - Winter / Summer (sunrise). Hike by torch light under the moon & stars to the highest point of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing to watch the sunrise. Inflatable raft and kayaking tours - half-day heaps of fun! Whakapapa & Whanganui River. School camps - group activities & camp safety management. Caving.
Just 400m from the city centre with restaurants, supermarkets and heritage sites all within walking distance, ASURE Cooks Gardens offers peaceful accommodation amidst well-kept gardens. All guests will enjoy Sky TV Guest Select 50+ channels, FREE unlimited fibre WiFi and FREE guest laundry. 15 ground level units are clean and modern.
Mobile-friendly - Let’s go play in the snow up Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa Ski fields or go hiking to challenge yourself to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. You’re niche transport service will welcome you to the heart of the Tongariro National Park an UNESCO first dual heritage National Park in New Zealand. Experience local’s Cultural insights on journey and enjoy. Established 2012.
Situated in the heart of the North Island, New Zealand. Imagine accommodation close to a majestic waterfall, meandering stream and native bush—whio ‘blue ducks’, trout, eels and extraordinary bird life. Timber Trail Cycle Trail operator with all inclusive packages. We have it all – including spa! Friendly hosts with plenty of rustic charm, warm, cosy, affordable accommodation.
Mobile-friendly - Bridge to Nowhere offer you a complete Whanganui River experience. Jet boat tours to the Bridge to Nowhere, unique lodge accommodation in Whanganui National Park, and canoe trips to untouched parts of the River. Transport for trampers and mountain bikers to and from Whanganui National Park - The Mountain to the Sea. Mountain bike trip accommodation & transport packages.
Mobile-friendly - Canoe Safaris have 30 years experience in guided one to five-day canoe tours of Whanganui National Park. Fun-filled river holidays for folks with little or no paddling experience, families with young children, and those over 70 years young. All equipment and food supplied. Canoe and Kayak Rental available. Our trips have perfect mixture of fun, adventure, and value for money.
Ridge Top Farm combines the tranquility of luxury camping with a true 'Kiwi farm' experience. Part of the Canopy Camping Escapes network of luxury campsites around NZ, glamping at Ridge Top Farm offers spectacular views, stunning scenery and plenty to keep you entertained during your visit.
Perfect transport or tour solution if someone in your group has a disability. We can carry wheelchairs, mobility scooters and power chairs. We offer a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle equipped with wheelchair lift and low steps. Capable of carrying large groups with provision to remain in wheelchairs. Disabled sports events, inclusive group charters, 'wheelie' friendly travel club, wheelchair accessible touring.
Camp Raukawa provides a safe, stimulating, educational environment where people of all ages can increase their knowledge, awareness, skills and self-esteem. Camp Raukawa is committed to delivering safe outdoor recreational and personal development opportunities for everyone. Our safety management system is audited and certified through the Outdoors Mark accreditation scheme and provide professional instructors to lead all outdoor activities.
Mobile-friendly - Restore, rejuvenate, re-create, regenerate. Disconnect from the modern world, reconnect with nature, and escape to River Valley Lodge for a restorative and relaxing break or a fun-filled adventure. With accommodation, a bar, restaurant, meeting rooms, stables and rafting adventures, it’s a unique all in one destination.
Mobile-friendly - River Valley have been rafting the Rangitikei River since 1982. Our grade 5, white-water rafting trip is often recognised as one of the best half day-trips in the world! Alternatively try a scenic or multi-day trip. Whether you're looking for a short action-packed trip or something more relaxing and discovery focused, River Valley Rafting can provide an unforgettable experience.
Mobile-friendly - Explore rural back country New Zealand on horseback. Experience the freedom of riding freestyle and using Natural Horsemanship techniques for a deeper connection between horse and rider. River Valley Stables offers rides for experienced riders - from a half day horse trek, to a luxury multi-day riding holiday. Accommodation for riders is also available at River Valley Lodge.
Mobile-friendly - Discover the heart of the North Island from your base at Turangi Holiday Park. The perfect home-base to discover a massive range of exciting activities on offer in the beautiful Great Lake Taupo region of New Zealand including the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Turangi Holiday Park, your Turangi accommodation, is ready for anything! Great stop-over en-route Wellington - Auckland.
Mobile-friendly - Ever thought about canoeing down the Whanganui River? Spend five days on a unique Whanganui River Experience and find out just what makes the Whanganui River such a special place. Beautiful scenery, gourmet food, leisurely pace - what more could you want? Personally guided by owner/operator Hayden Potaka, with many years experience paddling the Whanganui River.
Whanganui National Park contains the 290km Whanaganui River - the longest navigable waterway in the country. A diverse landscape of river systems, lowland forests and countless hills and valleys punctuate the park. Walking, tramping and various water activities are popular and Maori culture is an important aspect of the park.
Our holiday park has a range of affordable accommodation in a delightful area on the banks of the Whanganui River. A bed for every budget in park motels, self-contained units, kitchen cabins, standard cabins, powered or tent sites. Clean and modern facilities. Spa, heated swimming pool(Summer), store, kayak trips, jetboating. Family bathroom, accessible showers and units. We have it all!
Situated in the Heart of the King Country. We offer a range of activities: Fishing from the head waters of the Whanganui River to Free range hunting, exclusive to bow hunting only. With 4X4 Tours and Camping out packages available expreience the 'Go-Bush' adventure it's like no other.ID#3p1a08
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NZIPP Central Districts Xmas Function
NZIPP Central Districts Regional Christmas Function 2023 We will begin our day by meeting at the Christmas Barn 1104 Lockwood Road Palmerston North. Here we will get into the Christmas mood with some fun shopping or ...
Where: Orlando Country Club, Palmerston North
Address: 748 Rangitikei Line, Newbury, Palmerston North
From: 10:00am on Friday 1st December 2023
To: 5:00pm on Friday 1st December 2023
Manawatu Armoured Combat Training
Manawatu Iron Hides are a full-contact medieval armoured combat sports team. We participate in a range of disciplines - Pro Fights (MMA with axes and swords), duels (1v1's), and buhurt (group battles ranging from 2v2 ...
Where: Hokowhitu Scout Hall, Palmerston North
Address: 9 Ayr Place, Palmerston North
From: 6:00pm on Friday 10th March 2023
To: 9:00pm on Friday 1st December 2023
Christmas Screening for Children 2023
Bring your kids along to this free screening and afternoon tea at Alliance Française Palmerston North! The French movie "Les Malheurs de Sophie" ("Sophie's Misfortunes") will be screened with English subtitles. ...
Where: Alliance Française, Palmerston North
Address: 47 The Square, Palmerston North
From: 5:00pm on Friday 1st December 2023
To: 11:59pm on Friday 1st December 2023
Art lovers, this is for you - Coastal Arts Trail
Art lovers, this is for you - Coastal Arts Trail Discover carefully curated works and timeless treasures, and meet the makers of some of New Zealand’s most coveted works. The Coastal Arts Trail is a vibrant ...
Where: Coastal Arts Trail Sites, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: Taranaki, Manawatū and Whanganui, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 9:00am on Monday 29th May 2023
To: 5:00pm on Friday 1st December 2023
Feilding I, A&p Show
Dates are 1st & 2nd December at Manfeild Park 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day Equestrian events, flat classes, Donkeys, Gypsy Cobs, Miniatures, Show Jumping, Show Hunter events Free entry to the park
Where: Manfeild Park Stadium, Feilding, Feilding and District
Address: 59 South Street, Feilding, Feilding and District
From: 8:30am on Friday 1st December 2023
To: 6:00pm on Saturday 2nd December 2023
Friday Live Concerts at Te Takere
Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō presents Friday Live Concert Series! The Horowhenua boasts a plethora of talented musicians with musical stylings across a diverse range of genres. Join us every Friday afternoon for a ...
Where: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po, Levin, Horowhenua
Address: 10 Bath St, Levin, Horowhenua
From: 12:00pm on Friday 21st July 2023
To: 1:00pm on Friday 8th December 2023
Everybody, Rock Your Body, Back Aches Back, Alright? Matthew Mann is the greatest songwriter he knows. But the judges on TV ratings phenomenon ‘Kiwi Talent’ are far more interested in the boy- band he fronted 27 ...
Where: Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North
Address: 280 Church St, Palmerston North
From: 7:30pm on Friday 17th November 2023
To: 11:59pm on Saturday 16th December 2023
2023 Christmas Season
Looking for a truly unique Christmas experience...? The Christmas Barn is unique. We've taken a barn in a rural setting and transformed it into a magical treasure trove full of gifts and stunning decorations with over ...
Where: The Christmas Barn, Palmerston North
Address: 1104 Lockwood Road, Palmerston North
From: 10:00am on Wednesday 18th October 2023
To: 4:00pm on Saturday 23rd December 2023
Simply Meditate - Feel More Calm and Positive
Simply Meditate with Birgit Saunders Would you like to learn to meditate or keep your meditation practice up to date? Join us every first Thursday of the month 3.30 - 4.30pm. Learn methods and techniques to make ...
Where: Whanganui Community House, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: 60 Ridgway Street, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 3:30pm on Thursday 1st June 2023
To: 4:30pm on Friday 1st December 2023
Exhibition Opening: Rural Life by Graham Christensen
You are invited to join Graham at the opening of his latest exhibition 'Rural Life' at The Coach House Museum, 121 South St, Feilding on Friday the 1st of December at 5.30pm. New Zealand artist Graham Christensen has ...
Where: Coach House Museum, Feilding, Feilding and District
Address: 121 South St, Feilding, Feilding and District
From: 5:30pm on Friday 1st December 2023
To: 7:00pm on Friday 1st December 2023