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Adorable comfortable unit close to town.

Newly built self contained unit only 2-3 mins drive to City Centre. Only few steps away from shops, pharmacy, medical centre, park and schools. Walking distance to Wanganui river. Has a comfy bed with popup trundler bed that can join together as one bed for couples. Small kitchen is also provided with oven, fridge, microwave, toaster and dishwasher. There is also a washing machine provided. Has a private driveway for parking. This is a great retreat for couples, solo adventurers or travellers.

$40 per night
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Cheerful bedroom in bungalow

Your family will be close to everything when you stay at this centrally located place.

$18 per night
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  2. Whanganui
Bakers B&B single, balcony room.

This is one of three single rooms upstairs. It shares a bathroom, including a clawfoot bath and seperate shower with the other 2 rooms. All have king single, very comfortable beds. Unlimted hot water, heating, including elec blankets. We are happy to take bookings from groups or families. (must be okay with stairs) Free WiFi available. Discount for two or more nights or group bookings.

$23 per night

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Tuparipari Riverbank Retreat
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The Braeburn
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Cosey Garden Studio with with private bathroom
$55 per night
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1910s Villa on the Whanganui River
$36 per night
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Aztec Court
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2 Bedroom Fully Self-contained Flat
$78 per night
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Cute little Beach Bach - Big Back Deck
$71 per night
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Vintage Hey Day - NEW Private Spa - Free Bikes
$77 per night
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Private room with ensuite in house
$33 per night
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Cozy bush guesthouse in the city
$39 per night
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Cottage Hideaway
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Your guide to Whanganui

All About Whanganui

The town of Whanganui, located within the Manawatū-Whanganui region on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island, is named after the longest navigable river in New Zealand. The river runs through the town before it lets out into the Pacific Ocean, and visitors often travel along the Whanganui Journey, a 90-mile paddle route down the river through deep canyons and mostly calm waters.

The rolling green hills and forests that surround the city offer plenty of hiking trails, from leisurely ambles to challenging climbs. Whanganui is also the end point of the Ngā Ara Tūhono, or the Mountains to Sea trail. This mountain bike route is a five-day ride that starts from Tongariro National Park.

Whanganui’s streets offer a combination of heritage architecture and colorful street art. Experience the vibe of the city through the weekly River Traders Market, which takes place on a historic Māori trading site and is the perfect spot to pick up vintage pieces, crafts, and plants. Stop at the farmers’ booths to purchase organic fruits and vegetables, smoothies, and snacks.


How do I get around Whanganui?

Whanganui Airport (WAG) is 2.5 miles outside of the town and has connecting flights to Auckland Airport (AKL). As public transport is limited in the area, it is more convenient to get around by car. There are some scenic driving routes around the region, including the 40-mile Whanganui River Road. Once within the town, walking, cycling, and canoeing are popular methods of transportation.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Whanganui?

Thanks to its temperate climate, a visit to Whanganui is pleasant in any season. The summer months of December through March offer the warmest weather and the most sunshine. Writers and bookworms plan their Whanganui accommodation for mid-February, when the Whanganui Literary Festival occurs. The 10-day event gives local authors and big-name writers a chance to talk about their latest works. In March, La Fiesta is a women’s festival with workshops, art, music, and lectures. During winter, which runs from June to August, expect cold and rainy weather. Although the temperature rarely reaches freezing, you should still pack layers and waterproof outerwear.


What are the top things to do in Whanganui?

The Durie Hill Elevator

New Zealand’s only public underground elevator is accessed by a long pedestrian tunnel, and you’ll be welcomed aboard by an operator. This historic elevator takes you up 216 feet to the top of the hill, saving you from walking up 355 steps. From the lookout deck, you can take in views of the town. While you’re here, you can visit the adjacent War Memorial Tower.

New Zealand Glassworks - Te Whare Tūhua O Te Ao

Housed in the local newspaper’s former printworks, New Zealand Glassworks-Te Whare Tūhua O Te Ao is a celebration of New Zealand’s art glass heritage. Discover the history of glass art through the interactive displays and browse local artists’ pieces at the center’s exhibition. You can also attend glass-blowing workshops and demonstrations before choosing a souvenir from the gift shop.

Tongariro National Park

An hour and a half northeast of Whanganui is New Zealand’s first national park, the 307-square-mile Tongariro National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to three active volcanoes with breathtaking views from the top, unbelievably blue lakes where you can kayak, and rivers with grade three rapids for whitewater rafting. Numerous hiking trails line the park, offering paths of varying skill and accessibility levels, whether you’re here for a 15-minute stroll or for four-to-six-day adventures.