About Wanganui

Introducing Wanganui

Wanganui is a delightful provincial city, rich in both Maori and European history. The town abounds with historic buildings, preserved from the early days of European settlement, along with beautiful parks and gardens.

Victoria Avenue is recognized as one of New Zealand’s most attractive main streets. The heritage theme adopted in the restoration of Victoria Avenue reflects the rich history of the city. Gaslights, garden seats, palm and plane trees and wide paved footpaths all contribute to making this a very welcoming shopping environment. In the summer time around 1000 Hanging baskets decorate shop
fronts in the central city.

The Whanganui River is New Zealand’s longest navigable river. As one of the earliest locations of Maori occupation, the Whanganui river valley is rich in Maori history and culture. The 100 year old Paddle Steamer “Waimarie” is moored on the Whanganui River close to the centre of town, with regular cruises available throughout the summer season.