Whanganui is located on the West Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The famous Whanganui River flows from one of New Zealand's highest volcanoes, Mount Tongariro, through the spectacular Whanganui National Park, to the coast of the Tasman Sea, and the bustling city of Whanganui. Internationally famous for the spectacular scenery of the Whanganui River, this picturesque city is fast becoming a 'get away' spot for visitors.
In the early 1900's, visitors knew the Whanganui River as the 'Rhine of New Zealand'; the longest navigable river in the country, with 239 rapids, stunning bush scenery - a place of tranquillity and unmistakable beauty. Today visitors discover Whanganui and its historic waterway with a whole new sense of the past, meeting people who live and work on the river, preserving New Zealand's early river life and offering hospitality that is one of a kind.