Whanganui is a unique treasure in the North Island having shared its natural bearuty and many attractions with settlers from over 175 years ago. It is still a beautiful place to visit and all the things that made it New Zealand’s 5th biggest city until 1936 remain as appealing and enjoyable asa it did then.
There are three beaches – South Beach, for a wild West Coast beach experience, walking, driftwood and a 4×4 canam tour over the dunes; Castlecliff Beach for a spot of surfing, family swimming and sandcastle building and of course the picturesque Kai Iwi Beach with campgrounds and BBQ facilities.
You can go on a slow coal-fired paddle steamer cruise, on the Waimarie, a trip to the local village Upokongaro on the MV Wairua or select from a range of Canoe and kayaking tours.
Take your family to Kowhai Park which is famous for bringing back generations to play, it delights and entertains children of all ages.
Whanganui has a significant art reputation with artists, art collections, music and performance associations and clubs. ON a regular weekend several galleries and studios are open and within walking distance of the Whanganui River Traders and Farmers Market held every Saturday morning rain or shine.
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