The city embraces the banks of the historically significant Te Awa o Whanganui – the Whanganui River. Once known as the Rhine of New Zealand and the country’s longest navigable river it has shaped the history and culture of the city and its people.
Take in a panoramic view from the Memorial Tower on Durie Hill with a vista that encompasses Ruapehu and Mount Taranaki and you will experience just a slice of Whanganui scenic beauty.
Our abundance of walkways and cycle-ways, parks and scenic reserves offer our visitors activities from ambles to tramping, bush clad to sweeping vistas, both breath-taking and inspiring. Visit Bushy Park a 100 hectare predator-free native bird sanctuary and you will experience the sights and sounds of bellbirds, kereru, North Island robin, saddlebacks, and hihi.
In Whanganui we look to our past, we explore life’s details and we reach for the stars - what better place to have your next conference or event to create a mindset for a brighter future.