Wanganui Travel Guide

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    Wanganui town
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    Royal Wanganui Opera House.
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Wanganui Things to Do

  • Riverboat cruise

    The riverboat cruise is apparently well worth doing, but it pays to book, as we found out when the cruise was booked out, with no room for us. There's always next time, I suppose.

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  • Durie Hill

    The tower on Durie Hill gives excellent scenic views of the Wanganui area. You can get the elevator up the hill, but you'll need to climb the 100 feet or so of the tower.

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  • Whanganui Regional Museum

    This museum, in Queens Park near the Sarjeant gallery is an outstanding museum, with much on the history of the area, both of the local Maori, and also the settlers that came to the region.Of particular interest are the paintings by Gottfried Lindauer, as well as some taxidermy, and plenty of Maori artifacts as well. It's a wonderful collection.

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  • Sarjeant Gallery

    This Gallery in Queens Park in Wanganui is one of the better regional art museums you will see, with some excellent exhibitions. A must see if you are in Wanganui.

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  • Boxing Day Motorbike Street Racing

    Every Boxing Day, the streets of Wanganui are awash with motorbike fans from across NZ and abroad. This is when the roads are shut off for the day, on Taupo Quay and other neighbouring roads, and you can hear the screaming of engines as far as the outer reaches of the city.The event is around $20 (from memory), which isnt bad for a full days racing...

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  • Cooks Gardens

    Cooks Gardens is the base for Wanganui Rugby Club, and also has the velodrome next door which plays host to many world cycling track events. Unfortunately however, Wanganui do not give you the free-flowing, free-scoring rugby that you may have been expecting having seen the NZ national team in action. Ohhh no - Wanganui are bottom of the second...

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  • Opera House

    The Opera House stands as a bit of a relic in Wanganui, but from the outside you wouldnt believe just how old it is! (Early 20th Century so im told). Its been kept in very good nick, and regularly stages large events and packed crowds in its fragile main hall. Ive already been to see two large events there, firstly the annual Fashion Show, held to...

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  • Wanganui Speedway

    Speedway is a big event in Wanganui, and in November 2005 we attended the opening event and ceremony, marking the beginning of the new racing season. The event was very well attended despite the chilly winds whipping across the open grassy banks where we were sitting. We quickly realised we had not come well prepared when the sun began to set...

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  • Kai Iwi Beach

    This beach is not the easiest to find, but ask any local person and they will be able to give you directions, as this beautiful beach is adored by people in Wanganui. Its also quite simple to find when you trust in where youre actually going.This sandy beach is vast and open, and stretches far in both directions along the coast. I recommend this...

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  • Virginia Lake

    Viginia Lake is definitely worth a visit, and make sure you get there - especially if you have limited time!! The Reserve is always open, and the fountain continues to shine away in different colours well after dusk.There are many small gardens and many residents for that matter as well! Namely, the large black swans which shocked me the first time...

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  • War Memorial Tower on Durie Hill

    As i mentioned in my intro, this viewpoint is the best place to gaze across the beauty of this small part of the world. You can see the majesty of the Whanganui River as it meets the Tasman Sea, and the landscape as it stretches far onto the horizon. You can also see Mounts Taranaki and Ruapehu in the distance (not in the pics ive shown), and...

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  • Cultural visit

    A visit to a typical Maori marae (meeting place) is a must for any person visiting New Zealand.The Marae is female.......the door to the front at which you enter is the females birthcanal and the centre beam of the roof is her spinal cord. Usually coming off these are the wooden beams which are her ribs which depict her generations and spread out...

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  • Te Waimarie paddle steamer

    The Te Waimarie paddle steamer is a must for any visitors to Wanganui and is one of the main attractions.It is available for short river excursions and also if you are planning a get together and want something different to entertain your guests.It is advisable that when you take this trip that you take a warm jersey and camera....there is...

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  • Up the creek without a paddle

    The only way to travel the Wanganui River is to actually be on it....and dont worry you will be supplied paddles.The Wanganui River is one of the most scenic tourist sights in New Zealand and is well worth a visit. If you dont feel like the extreme exercise of paddling yourself, then there are jet boat rides and a paddle steamer, called the "Te...

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  • Mt Ruapehu (rua-two, pehu-twin peaks)

    Mt Ruapheu is one of the most popular tourist havens for having a fun day in the snow. It is centrally located and but a 2 hour drive to the ski-fields from Wanganui. The scenic route via the Parapara Road can lead you to this mystical winter wonderland.The pic shows Mt Ruapehu in the background....to the forefront is the Art Gallery in Wanganui.

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Wanganui Restaurants

  • Good Chinese fare

    We stopped in here for dinner as it was a short walk from our hotel, and we were not disappointed with the quality or the price.The mains were all around $10-15 with good volume, and including drinks we ended up paying NZ $56 all up. It was cheap, but also good quality.

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  • Not only for oldies

    The Gallipoli restaurant at the RSA offers meals at very competitive prices and really savour your tastebuds.Watch out if your ordering a steak as that is placed one plate and your sides on another.....the steak is absolutely huge and yeah they provide a "doggy bag" for those whose eyes are too big for their stomachs...lol.Try it out, open for...

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  • great cheap and clean takeaways

    The ambience of this "takeaway" outlet is that of a no frills eatery, where you order and within 5 minutes it is ready. "Fish and chip" meals for as little as NZ$1 per piece of fish and the same for chips........for you fullas and fullaresses that havent tasted fish and chips or even know what it is, let me give you a quick description...........a...

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Wanganui Nightlife

  • The "Pig Pen"

    Please dont be dismayed at the title of this topic, The "Pig Pen", also known as the Castlecliff hotel. So I hear the story originates to a few years ago when a guy taking his pig down to the abbatoirs decided to have a quick pint at the hotel. Him and his mates are having more than one pint and his pig must of sensed what was going to happen and...

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  • The "Slippery Saddle"

    The "Slippery saddle" in Wanganui is probably one of the best renowned nightclubs, especially on a Friday and Saturday night. This club caters for all ages from the age of legal drinkers to the oldies........it appears that if you are 30 or over, you are an oldie....lol.The bar staff are friendly, if your ever there, ask for Wilson, hes a big surly...

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Wanganui Local Customs

  • Graveyards or Urupa

    An Urupa is the Maori name for a cemetary and on your visit, you may go for a walk around one.You may notice that there are bottles of water at the entrance or just inside the gate. These are not there for you to drink but are there for a purpose.When you leave, please use this water to wash your hands......its a sort of cleansing so that you dont...

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  • Please take your shoes off!

    If you have the chance to visit a Maori marae (pronounced ma-rye and is a meeting place), protocol expects you to remove your shoes before entering the house. This is so that you pay respect to the tipuna (the deceased ancestors) and that you dont carry bad omens in.Please note: this is expected in most if not all maraes.Please refer to my...

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  • Acknowledgement to hello - maori...

    Now this will be hard to write down as it is a gesture..........polite of course and acknowledges to another person, "hello".1. Tilt your head, from front to back.....ummm as if your shaking a fly off of your head....please note this is only one shake, do too many and your head will fly off...lol.2. In the same motion, raise your eyebrows...this...

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Wanganui Warnings and Dangers

  • by jobaby Written May 30, 2003

    If you are cruising past Wanganui with your boat and want to test the waters out, then please get advice on crossing the Wanganui Rivermouth bar. This can be treacherous at times and you and your boat may end up getting gobbled up if you dont do the right approach. Better still, if you are not an experienced skipper, find one that will guide you through.

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Wanganui What to Pack

  • by jobaby Written May 18, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you plan to go hiking, please bring suitable footwear, warm clothing and the essentials in case of any emergency.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The usual toiletries and in summer sandfly repellent.

    Photo Equipment: Spectacular scenery abounds where your visit is complimented by video cameras, cameras and fond memories.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There are several camping grounds, one of which is close to the beach. In summer bring swimming gear, sunglasses and suntan lotion. For those of you that want to cheat in the winter months with a tan, there are sunbed salons available.

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Wanganui Off The Beaten Path

  • by jobaby Written May 30, 2003

    If you want to get off the usual State Highway 1 and you are making your way north to Auckland or south to Wellington, then try State Highway 3 and the Parapara Rd, which leads you from Raetihi to Wanganui and vice versa. The road is rather windy but the scenery is spectacular and there are places where you can stop, have a relax and look at.
    One of the features along this road is the "Raukawa Falls", which is about 30 kilometres south of Raetihi.
    Please maintain the speed to which the road signs indicate, safe driving.

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