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Vacation rentals in Whanganui

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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.
$76 per night
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Tuparipari Riverbank Retreat
Tuparipari Riverbank Retreat is perched on the banks of the Whanganui River amongst native trees and in a loved bird garden adorned with garden art. This retro studio apartment is complete with an en suite, kitchenette & private entrance. Your alternative entrance is via spiral stairway leads up to your laundry and a second toilet. This is a great retreat for couples, solo adventurers, or business travellers. The wifi is very fast (Gigabyte speed) and is unlimited.
$60 per night
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Orange Tree Studio/Cottage, hidden in the City
Our Tiny Cottage is a mixture of old, new, boutique & homely rolled into one. We want people to be able to drop their bags & relax. Whether you are visiting our beautiful City for business or pleasure Orange Tree Cottage will allow you to relax with all the basics at hand, a bathroom with large shower, a comfy queen sized bed, a kitchenette for prepping basic meals, if it is something more substantial that you need, try one of our many wonderful cafes & restaurants
$62 per night

Stay near Whanganui's top sights

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Virginia Lake31 locals recommend
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Trafalgar Square Shopping Centre7 locals recommend
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PAK'nSAVE6 locals recommend
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Kowhai Park17 locals recommend
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Whanganui River Traders Market18 locals recommend
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Rutland Arms Inn11 locals recommend

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Vintage Hey Day - SPA Private - Free Bikes
$81 per night
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Bella's Rest Guesthouse
$79 per night
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Station House 2 - Beautiful, stylish and secure.
$134 per night
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The Crib
$61 per night
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Bakers B&B single, balcony room.
$30 per night
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Private room by the beach
$52 per night
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Cozy bush guesthouse in the city
$44 per night
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Two bedroom house near to town
$94 per night
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The Klein House ★ Breakfast ★ WiFi ★
$85 per night
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Riverside Villa
$123 per night
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Hidden gem with exceptional views
$103 per night
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Midcentury Architectural Gem
$106 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.

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