46° below: Explore the Subantarctic Islands this summer
Expand the 'travel local' mantra slightly and scratch your travel itch in the Subantarctic Islands. Your passport might be gathering dust, but ...
Whanganui is a pleasant town on the banks of the Whanganui River. A busy main street lined with rustling green trees and colourful flower baskets during summer and the beautiful Sarjeant Art Gallery set on a hilltop park add to the appeal. This is the departure point for Whanganui River journeys in Whanganui National Park.
The Whanganui River is the big natural attraction in the region, and many of Whanganui’s most popular attractions involve exploring it in a variety of ways. Start your river experience with jetboating operators Bridge to Nowhere Tours, Whanganui River Adventures, or take a more leisurely, old-fashioned approach with Waimarie Paddle Steamer Tours. Back on land you may wish to investigate the well-regarded Sarjeant Art Gallery.
Whanganui’s a quiet area of the country, but nevertheless there are still a few notable cafés and dining highlights. Grab a good coffee at Mud Ducks, or hit up another good option at Stellar Restaurant & Bar.
Opt for a clean and comfortable motel or something a little more opulent with Whanganui accommodation options such as 151 on London Motel and The Grand Hotel.
Whanganui Airport, 8km from central Whanganui, offers flights to Auckland, Taupo and Wellington, while Whanganui is 2 hours, 45 minutes from Wellington and 8 hours from Auckland (via SH 4) by road. Find out more at Whanganui i–SITE at 31 Taupo Quay.