About Whanganui

TĒNĀ KOUTOU KATOA! Welcome to Whanganui!

Whanganui is a place steeped in history, art and culture. Big enough to draw crowds and small enough to be intimate. We are surrounded by the mountains of Taranaki, Ruapehu and Tongariro; a beautiful natural landscape, dramatic west coast beaches and unspoilt native bush for tramping and wilderness trips. Our vibrant community prides itself on its parks and reserves, cycle and walk ways and an abundance of creativity. Don’t be surprised to find an immediate sense of connection, an unexpected little slice of heaven, and real New Zealand authenticity. Whanganui boasts a rich sporting heritage on land and water, and is New Zealand’s most successful Olympic town. With eight Olympic medals – including three golds – spread among seven competitors, our River City has the country’s best record of Olympic success per head of population. The Track at Cooks Gardens in Whanganui made international headlines in January 1962, when New Zealand athlete Peter Snell ran a mile in 3 minutes 54.4 seconds, setting a new world record. Whatever your ideas for experiencing things to do in Whanganui during the New Zealand Masters Games, we can find something magic for you! Explore the mighty Whanganui River, immerse yourself in the offerings of our contemporary and historical museums and art galleries, pay a visit to The Ward Observatory, the Durie Hill Elevator, the Waimarie Paddlesteamer and “Mable” the No. 12 Tram , take a leisurely cycle or walk in our natural parks and reserves, or just sit back and relax and soak it all up! There are plenty of things to do in Whanganui, the home of Sports, Arts and Heritage in New Zealand! We look forward to welcoming you to our part of the world to enjoy our manaakitanga – our legendary hospitality.

Kō au te Āwa, kō te Āwa kō au. I am the river, the river is me