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Guesthouse in Whanganui
Adorable comfortable unit close to town.
Newly built self contained unit only 2-3 mins drive to City Centre. Only few steps away from shops, pharmacy, medical centre, park and schools. Walking distance to Wanganui river. Has a comfy bed with popup trundler bed that can join together as one bed for couples. Small kitchen is also provided with oven, fridge, microwave, toaster and dishwasher. There is also a washing machine provided. Has a private driveway for parking. This is a great retreat for couples, solo adventurers or travellers.
$45 per night
Place to stay in Whanganui
The Braeburn
Whanganui Awa became the first waterway in the world to get legal personhood, in 2017. Staying next to her in Apartment 11 @ The Braeburn is a rare opportunity to come inside this often admired building. On the second floor in the main wing with a huge exclusive balcony, is your truly blissful escape. Come watch the sunsets, and pour yourself a drink. Slow down, relax and enjoy. The apartment has a kitchenette, queen bed with a quality new mattress and linen, TV and clawfoot bath. No shower
$92 per night
Rental unit in Whanganui
Bluebell at The Braeburn
Located in a heritage listed building this apartment is well appointed for weekly stays and single nights. A full kitchen, large bathroom with shower, entrance via a balcony with views across the Awa. King size bed with ample storage for longer stays, welcoming hallway and lounge with a view up the river. See the MV Waimarie paddle steamer head up river and enjoy the ever changing riverside of Whanganui. Saturday markets are a huge favourite, as well as the arts scene in nearby Drews Ave.
$72 per night

Stay near Whanganui's top sights

Photo of Whanganui River Traders Market
Whanganui River Traders Market18 locals recommend
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Kowhai Park17 locals recommend
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Trafalgar Square Shopping Centre7 locals recommend
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PAK'nSAVE6 locals recommend
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Rotokawau/Virginia Lake Reserve7 locals recommend
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Rutland Arms Inn11 locals recommend

Other great vacation rentals in Whanganui

Townhouse in Whanganui
Station House 2 - Beautiful, stylish and secure.
$143 per night
Rental unit in Whanganui
Station House
$111 per night
Tiny home in Whanganui
Whanganui "HIDE AWAY"
$91 per night
Guesthouse in Whanganui
Cozy bush guesthouse in the city
$54 per night
Bungalow in Whanganui
Saint Hill Street - Sleeps 5
$81 per night
Guesthouse in Whanganui
Listen to the birds !
$118 per night
Guesthouse in Whanganui
The Crib
$67 per night
Guest suite in Whanganui
Tucked away in the city tiny Orange Tree Cottage
$76 per night
Rental unit in Okoia
Tuparipari Riverbank Retreat
$64 per night
Private room in Whanganui
The Loft - Studio, Private Bathroom & Breakfast
$71 per night
Cottage in Whanganui
Cosy central cottage.
$78 per night
Home in Whanganui
The White House. Stylish Art Deco.
$91 per night

Your guide to Whanganui

All About Whanganui

The town of Whanganui, located within the Manawatū-Whanganui region on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island, is named after the longest navigable river in New Zealand. The river runs through the town before it lets out into the Pacific Ocean, and visitors often travel along the Whanganui Journey, a 90-mile paddle route down the river through deep canyons and mostly calm waters.

The rolling green hills and forests that surround the city offer plenty of hiking trails, from leisurely ambles to challenging climbs. Whanganui is also the end point of the Ngā Ara Tūhono, or the Mountains to Sea trail. This mountain bike route is a five-day ride that starts from Tongariro National Park.

Whanganui’s streets offer a combination of heritage architecture and colorful street art. Experience the vibe of the city through the weekly River Traders Market, which takes place on a historic Māori trading site and is the perfect spot to pick up vintage pieces, crafts, and plants. Stop at the farmers’ booths to purchase organic fruits and vegetables, smoothies, and snacks.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Whanganui?

Thanks to its temperate climate, a visit to Whanganui is pleasant in any season. The summer months of December through March offer the warmest weather and the most sunshine. Writers and bookworms plan their Whanganui accommodation for mid-February, when the Whanganui Literary Festival occurs. The 10-day event gives local authors and big-name writers a chance to talk about their latest works. In March, La Fiesta is a women’s festival with workshops, art, music, and lectures. During winter, which runs from June to August, expect cold and rainy weather. Although the temperature rarely reaches freezing, you should still pack layers and waterproof outerwear.

What are the top things to do in Whanganui?

The Durie Hill Elevator

New Zealand’s only public underground elevator is accessed by a long pedestrian tunnel, and you’ll be welcomed aboard by an operator. This historic elevator takes you up 216 feet to the top of the hill, saving you from walking up 355 steps. From the lookout deck, you can take in views of the town. While you’re here, you can visit the adjacent War Memorial Tower.

New Zealand Glassworks - Te Whare Tūhua O Te Ao

Housed in the local newspaper’s former printworks, New Zealand Glassworks-Te Whare Tūhua O Te Ao is a celebration of New Zealand’s art glass heritage. Discover the history of glass art through the interactive displays and browse local artists’ pieces at the center’s exhibition. You can also attend glass-blowing workshops and demonstrations before choosing a souvenir from the gift shop.

Tongariro National Park

An hour and a half northeast of Whanganui is New Zealand’s first national park, the 307-square-mile Tongariro National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to three active volcanoes with breathtaking views from the top, unbelievably blue lakes where you can kayak, and rivers with grade three rapids for whitewater rafting. Numerous hiking trails line the park, offering paths of varying skill and accessibility levels, whether you’re here for a 15-minute stroll or for four-to-six-day adventures.