Wanganui is situated on the West Coast of New Zealand’s North Island, 200km north of Wellington and less than an hour by road to Palmerston North. Wanganui is a beautiful river city that has a moderate climate and is well known for its heritage and thriving arts centre.
The Wanganui Region has a strong background of both Maori and European culture. Infact it was first settled by Maoris about AD 1100.
The town has many historic buildings, conserved from the early days of European settlement. Some of these buildings are located on Victoria Avenue that is also Wanganui’s central city shopping area.
Other attractions here include Durie Hill, famous for its historic elevator that rises 66 m inside the hill to the summit, taking about one minute to get to the summit. Wanganui Regional Museum, located at Queens Park is another tourist attraction protects and demonstrates equipment recording the geology, natural and human history of the city.
There are many beautiful parks and gardens such as Moutoa Gardens and Cooks Gardens.
The Wanganui National Park, established in 1987 features beautiful bush and riverside plants, superb views and exotic birdlife. The Wanganui River flows through Wanganui National Park providing plenty of water activities to be enjoyed including canoeing, kayaking, jet-boating, fishing and much more.