Wanganui, or the River City, stands proudly at the mouth of one of New Zealand's greatest historic waterways.
A delightful provincial centre, its residents enjoy a laidback lifestyle and a number of wonderful attractions. From restored colonial buildings to beautiful parks and gardens, there's so much to explore in this pleasant riverside city.
Wanganui was one of the first towns to be established on the New Zealand coast, so many things to do in Wanganui hark back to the town's colonial past. Rich in both Maori and European cultures, its museums and art galleries are among the best in New Zealand. Shopping areas have also been revitalised in recent years, and the town's heritage theme extends to cafes, specialty shops, and English-style pubs.
Wanganui is a compact town, so visitors can easily walk to major attractions when staying at Kingsgate Hotel The Avenue.
The Sarjeant Gallery displays beautiful works of national and international importance, and is definitely worth a visit whilst on holiday in Wanganui.
The Alexander Heritage Library houses references date back to Wanganui's beginnings in 1840.
The Whanganui River Road is awash with both Maori and European landmarks, and promises a vision of New Zealand as it was over a century ago.