Welcome to Whanganui
From the Mayor of Whanganui
Haere Mai Ki Whanganui!
Whanganui is one of New Zealand’s most interesting and distinctive places to visit with a rich cultural heritage and vibrant arts scene. This coastal city has a stable business environment, a growing economy, a diverse and skilled talent pool, a reputation for being leading edge, affordable housing and an enviable lifestyle.
We are in the centre of a region which leads the country for the production of beef and lamb and our fertile river flats and temperate climate provide excellent growing conditions for horticulture. A strong base of food processing, manufacturing and tourism are key opportunities for growth.
A vibrant arts scene and an attractive retail district combined with close proximity to the sea, the Whanganui River, Whanganui and Tongariro National Parks provide the residents of Whanganui with many advantages.
Whanganui has excellent educational options from pre-school to tertiary institutions, heritage and modern urban architecture, funky cafes serving local produce, top community amenities, and it’s close to other towns and cities in the central and lower North Island. There are many beautiful views, terrific, reasonably priced homes and all within a short distance from the city centre.
Further, Whanganui’s close proximity to Wellington, Palmerston North and New Plymouth offers companies an ideal environment to establish and grow. Within a two-and-a-half hour drive you can reach two container sea ports and an international airport (Wellington). State highways, rail networks, and local and regional airports combine to provide effective transport and distribution networks.
A riverine port, inland container terminal, rail and road freight options and industrial estate development support the expansion of business here, supported by a stable and skilled workforce.
Whanganui is currently in the world’s top 7 Intelligent Communities, achieving Smart 7 for this first time in 2016. This is a benchmarked award recognised by the Intelligent Community Forum, an international organisation dedicated to helping communities adapt to the demands of the broadband economy and develop sustainable growth. With ultra-fast broadband you can operate a global business from our place, Whanganui.
Te Awa O Whanganui – Kō au te Āwa, kō te Āwa kō au.
I am the river, the river is me.
Located on the West Coast of New Zealand’s North Island and home to approximately 43,600 people, Whanganui sits at the junction of State Highways 3 and 4. We are a 2½ hour drive north from New Zealand’s capital city Wellington, an hour and a half from Mount Ruapehu and Mount Tongariro or an hour flight from Auckland. Most of the city lies on the north western bank of the historically significant Te Awa o Whanganui – the Whanganui River. The longest navigable river in New Zealand, the Whanganui River has shaped the history of our city and its people.
Whanganui is an interesting and distinctive district to live and do business in with a rich cultural heritage and vibrant arts scene.
Whanganui offers the big city amenities and features without the hassle and stress of big city living. The town centre offers boutique shopping similar to that found in a larger centre but with plenty of parking and easy access. National chain stores mix with independent retailers, plus the great café culture and seemingly endless events will keep you entertained. Whanganui also offers an ideal environment to raise a family, being safe with a relatively low crime rate (accredited by the World Health Organisation as an International Safe Community), a robust local community and genuine sense of civic pride.
Money goes further in Whanganui as housing is abundant and affordable, and the laidback lifestyle and cost of living takes the pressure off the family budget. And then there’s lifestyle. Whether it’s fishing, skiing, mountain biking, walking, surfing or actually spending time with your children – the close proximity of everything in Whanganui means you will spend less time getting to your destination and more time having fun.