Are you craving for an awesome road trip in Wanganui?
Well, then you’ve come to the right place! We love road trips and would be more than happy to help you on your way to discover beautiful scenic roads throughout Wanganui.
We have been helping travelers and tourists embark on unforgettable journeys and enjoy unique experiences. You can hire a campervan or motorhome from our wide range that suits your holiday needs to make it a bit extra special.
We offer campervans from a single berth for single adult to 10 berth for 10 adults. Going on a road trip in campervan is an amazing experience, as you hit the roads in your own portable hotel.
Wanganui is the home of arts and heritage in New Zealand. It is a place steeped in history, art and culture. Big enough to draw crowds and small enough to be intimate.
It is surrounded by mountains, Mount Taranaki, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Tongariro, a beautiful natural landscape, dramatic west coast beaches and native bushes for tramping and wilderness trips.
The city prides itself on its parks and reserves, cycle and walk ways and an abundance of creativity.
Explore the mighty Whanganui River, immerse yourself in contemporary and historical museums and art galleries, take a leisurely cycle or walk in the natural parks and reserves, or just sit back and relax and soak it all up!
While you are travelling around the city, travelling in an unknown area can be daunting, especially when you have a low fuel.
But no need to worry, Campermate has got it covered for you. Campermate is New Zealand’s most popular free travel application that shows you nearby locations of everything from petrol stations to dump stations while travelling in a campervan.
With Campermate’s online map you can easily reach your destinations on time and never get lost.
While travelling you can also get access to free wifi spots located around the city like Whanganui District Library, Wanganui City Free Wifi hotspot, Burger King, Countdown Victoria Ave and many more using Campermate’s app.
To maintain the cleanliness and hygiene of the city there are several waste disposal bins and dumping stations located around the city where you can get rid of your waste like, Anzac Parade PDS, Dump station at Quay and many more. You can also find them easily on Campermate’s app.
Wanganui is one of New Zealand’s most interesting and amazing places to visit. With a temperate climate and lots of sunshine hours it is a great place for tourism and to explore its beautiful and scenic parks and gardens and restaurants with delicious food. Here are some of the places you would like to visit while staying in Wanganui.
Wanganui is one of New Zealand’s most interesting and amazing places to visit. With a temperate climate and lots of sunshine hours it is a great place for tourism and to explore its beautiful and scenic parks and gardens and restaurants with delicious food. Here are some of the places you would like to visit while staying in Wanganui. HIKING: One of the best ways to explore Wanganui’s stunning landscapes, iconic landmarks and the city itself is by tying up your shoelaces and going for a walk! That’s why we’ve put this list together of some of the best hiking places in Whanganui. WAITAHINGA TRAILS: Escape to nature at the Waitahinga Trails, around 35km from Whanganui. It is a collection of walks at the no longer used Whanganui Water Catchment Reserve. There are many picnic spots and look outs on the way. Peaceful and beautiful, the Waitahinga Dam makes for a worthwhile destination. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255370-d14980075-Reviews-Waitahinga_Trails-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Island.html) VIRGINIA LAKE : This fantastic city park is one of the best attractions in Whanganui, with a central lake surrounded by bush walks and walkways to gardens, sculptures and heaps of birdlife. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255370-d2694297-Reviews-Virginia_Lake-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Island.html) ATENE SKYLINE WALK: The Atene skyline walk rises to a height of 523m above sea level with an amazing view where the river almost formed a complete circle and now cuts straight through. Stop by this tramping track for epic views from the Whanganui River Road. (https://www.campermate.co.nz/map/index)
Wanganui city is full of great cafes. If you need a good coffee to energize your inner self then here is a list of some amazing cafes. MUD DUCKS: This is one of Wanganui’s best all day café serving excellent food and fantastic coffee. Their food is fresh, flavorful and served in a relaxed riverside setting. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g255370-d2659889-Reviews-Mud_Ducks-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Island.html) THE CITADEL: Located on a beautiful beach side, this café offers fabulous food in an ambient setting. It is a great option for gluten free and vegan diets. Their coffee is also amazing. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g255370-d11981935-Reviews-The_Citadel-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Island.html) PARNELL’S CAFÉ GALLERY AND GARDEN ART: If you need a nice coffee, good food and cozy environment then this is the best option. They have a variety of good food and the staff is also friendly. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g255370-d2401075-Reviews-Parnells_Cafe_Gallery_and_Garden_Art-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Isl.html)
Wanganui has some amazing restaurants which serve really delicious and tantalizing dishes for your taste buds. Check out some of the best ones we have selected. CAROLINE’S BOATSHED BAR AND EATERY: Caroline’s Boatshed is Wanganui’s best gastro style pub with a great atmosphere and friendly staff. They also have vegan and gluten free options. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g255370-d7898447-Reviews-Caroline_s_Boatshed_Bar_and_Eatery-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Islan.html) RUTLAND ARMS INN: This place has great food, friendly and welcoming staff and luxurious accommodation, making it a destination of choice for tourists and visitors. Rutland Arms offers a friendly atmosphere in Victorian surroundings which is not to be missed. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g255370-d725100-Reviews-Rutland_Arms-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Island.html) LA QUATTRO: If you are craving some Mexican food then this place is a must to come and satisfy your hunger. The whole place is perfectly laid out and offers delicious Mexican food varieties. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g255370-d10753761-Reviews-La_Quattro-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Island.html)
If you crave exciting adventures then there are many exciting outdoor activities for you to do. We have listed some good outdoor activities for you to enjoy. KI TAI WHANGANUI RIVER TOURS: If you want to enjoy the beautiful Wanganui River, try some of the adventurous activities. Over the Wanganui River, you can enjoy canoeing and kayaking while exploring the beautiful river. To enjoy most of these adventures, consider staying in a riverside camp. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255370-d12073210-Reviews-Ki_Tai_Whanganui_River_Tours-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Island.html) MOUNTAINS TO SEA CYCLE TRAIL: The Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail is the most diverse in NZ. It begins on Mt Ruapehu at Turoa skifield, the trail traverses the volcanic plateau before winding its way alongside the Whanganui River to the Tasman Sea via the Bridge to nowhere. It is a great place for biking. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255370-d17168828-Reviews-Mountains_to_Sea_Cycle_Trail-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Island.html) PADDLESTEAMER WAIMARIE: If you want to go on a cruise trip then it is a must try. The Waimarie is a unique turn-of-the-century paddle steamer and the only operating coal-fired paddle steamer in NZ. It is undoubtedly the most authentic way to experience Wanganui River’s scenery and history. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255370-d1930003-Reviews-Waimarie-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Island.html)
Wanganui is the home of Arts and Heritage in New Zealand. Here is a list for you to immerse yourself in the contemporary and historical museums and art galleries of the city. WANGANUI REGIONAL MUSEUM: Located on 62 Ridgway street, the Wanganui Regional Museum is a must see with collections dated from 1890 and is famous for its Taonga Māori Collection. It is also home to the largest permanent collection of Moa bones in the world, as well as housing one of the most extensive collections of Lindaur paintings in the country. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255370-d3823608-Reviews-Whanganui_Regional_Museum-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Island.html) QUARTZ MUSEUM: Quartz Museum is the only museum of ceramics in New Zealand. It is wonderful addition to Wanganui’s art world and a must see. The museum houses more than 400 works in its collections. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255370-d10517999-Reviews-Quartz_Museum-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Island.html) NEW ZEALAND GLASSWORKS: Situated in the heart of historic old town Wanganui just around the corner is the New Zealand Glassworks. It is popular for its glass art with over 400 resident artists. They also allow free public viewing of their amazing glass blowing process. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255370-d3648407-Reviews-New_Zealand_Glassworks-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Island.html)
There are plenty of beautiful and stunning places to visit in Wanganui. Here are some of the best ones for you to make your tour exciting and adventurous. KOWHAI PARK: Located on the banks of the mighty Wanganui river, Kowhai park is a picturesque and beautiful place which is a must visit for families looking for something fun and exciting. Ride a brontosaurus, check out the pirate ship, swing on an octopus, see-saw with a snake and on a hot day play in the water maze, there are unlimited choices. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255370-d1997237-Reviews-Kowhai_Park-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Island.html) WANGANUI RIVER: This river is the longest navigable river in New Zealand and is a popular attraction for visitors. Here you will find one of the region’s most iconic attractions, the legendary Bridge to Nowhere, hidden deep in the wild native bushes of the Whanganui National Park. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255370-d261883-Reviews-Whanganui_River-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Island.html) BASON BOTANIC GARDENS: Bason Botanic Gardens is a perfect place to enjoy the combination of nature and art. The garden features an extensive orchid collection. You can spend a full day admiring the nature or option for an open-air BBQ at this lovely garden. There are various trails inside this extensive garden to take a leisurely walk or to go for a short hike. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255370-d2513326-Reviews-Bason_Botanic_Gardens-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Island.html)
Whether you want to buy something for yourself or gifts for someone else, Wanganui has many shopping areas for you to spend your money on good things. We have listed some of them here. WANGANUI RIVER TRADERS MARKET: This busy weekly market located on the downtown Wanganui Riverbank is a diverse mix of art, food, plants, crafts and much more. Shoppers can buy colorful art and craft, fresh plants and products, home baking and preserves, delicious organic fruit and vegetables and a range of other goods. Be sure to visit this place for shopping. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255370-d4053487-Reviews-Whanganui_River_Traders_Market-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Island.html) MINZ: If you want to buy something local, then this is the place for you. It offers a variety of unique pieces of glass, metal, wood, and textile crafts. Paintings in oils, acrylic, watercolor and canvas art. New Zealand and Wanganui landscape photography. Textiles include felting, sewing, hand painted silk, crochet and knitting. It is a great place to buy some local souvenirs. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255370-d11506357-Reviews-MiNZ-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Island.html) SARJEANT GALLERY: Set in a sleek contemporary space within a historic warehouse, the Sarjeant on the Quay’s shop specializes in exclusive gifts including jewelry, objects & glass. It holds more than 8000 artworks in its collection with a comprehensive NZ art history from the 1840’s to the present day. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255370-d6869458-Reviews-Sarjeant_Gallery-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Island.html)
Wanganui is the house of New Zealand’s culture and heritage. There are many historic landmarks in this city. Here we have listed a few of them. ST. PAUL’S MEMORIAL CHURCH, PUTIKI: It is one of the most intricately and beautifully decorated Churches in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The current church dates back to 1936 and is a thing of wonder to behold. This unique building is adorned with fascinating Maori weavings and lattice designs which speak of the history of the church and the area. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255370-d10389339-Reviews-St_Paul_Putiki_Church-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Island.html) ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH: Located on Campbell Street, this church is an interesting beauty itself with its amazing octagonal shape and stunning stained glass windows. It is a wonderful place to visit. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255370-d7753683-Reviews-St_Mary_s_Catholic_Church-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Island.html) DURIE HILL ELEVATOR: The Durie Hill Elevator was built in 1919, has a height of 66m and is NZ’s only public underground elevator. A pedestrian tunnel leads to the elevator and at the top the panoramic views of the Tasman Sea, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Taranaki are amazing. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255370-d2694299-Reviews-Durie_Hill_Elevator-Whanganui_Manawatu_Wanganui_Region_North_Island.html)
If you are looking to do some camping in Wanganui, then you can find some sites in and around the city where you can stay. There are a number of freedom camping spots, camping grounds as well as motorhome carparks are also available around Wanganui where you can park your campervan without any worry.
There are many parks for campervans in Wanganui where you can stay and spend your night feeling relaxed. You can also use Campermate’s app to find your nearest parking area easily. Here we have listed some of the good car parks available in Wanganui for you.
BIGNELL STREET CAMPERVAN PARK (https://www.campermate.co.nz/map/index)
Wanganui has many beautiful freedom camping sites which can also be found through Campermate easily. Some of the best places are listed below:
SPRINGVALE PARK (https://www.whanganui.govt.nz/Pages/default.aspx)
If you are worried where to throw away all that trash in your campervan, then no need to worry. There are many dumping stations available around the city for waste disposal. Here are some of them.
RAUKAWA FALLS AND YMCA RAUKAWA ADVENTURE CENTRE PDS (https://www.campermate.co.nz/map/index)
Wanganui is known for its Maori culture, heritage, Whanganui National Park and river adventures. You can easily travel in a campervan to all the places without any hassle. The Wanganui River is the longest navigable river in the country, with 239 rapids and stunning bush scenery. There are many ways to explore the Whanganui River like, jet boat, kayak, canoe, raft etc.
You can also follow the trail to the mysterious 'Bridge to Nowhere', built across the Mangapurua Gorge to give access to an isolated settlement that was finally abandoned in 1942.
The Durie Hill Elevator offers stunning panoramic views of the Tasman Sea, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Taranaki from the top. Right next to the elevator tower is the fantastic War Memorial Tower, which, when climbed, will offer an even more amazing vista of the city!
Kowhai Park is another amazing place to enjoy. Virginia Lake is a premier outdoor garden park and is a beautiful destination for visitors and locals. Take a 25 minute woodland walk around the lake, spy Peter Pan’s statue and enjoy the birdlife, both on and around the water.
Our trip in a campervan was amazing. We travelled easily to all the places without any hassles. The Whanganui Regional Museum is a must see with collections dated from 1890 and is famed for its Taonga Māori Collection. The city is also full of amazing cafes and restaurants offering yummy food and wines. These are some of the few places to enjoy, but Wanganui has many more awesome places to visit.