Whanganui Regional Museum – a magnet for visitors and locals alike – has earned Qualmark recognition for best practice in the tourism sector.
This year the Museum scored a rare 100 per cent for the Qualmark independent assessment of its service, facilities, safety and operating systems. It also boasts two Qualmark Enviro Gold awards for environmental leadership after being evaluated on areas including environmental and energy efficiency, waste management, water conservation, environmental conservation and community activities.
Qualmark is jointly owned by Tourism New Zealand and the New Zealand Automobile Association.
As well as its significant contribution to district tourism the museum is well-loved by locals and welcomes large numbers of school children to its educational programmes. It is respected nationally and internationally for the excellence of its human and natural history collections and exhibitions, and its Taonga Maori collection rates among New Zealand’s best. Its joint council governance model is based on the principles of partnership and two cultures development arising from the Treaty of Waitangi.
Set in the heart of the Whanganui cultural centre on Queens Park, the Whanganui Regional Museum offers visitors a rare experience – a journey into the hearts and minds of the people of Whanganui, and a look at their treasures, their loves and hates, their everyday lives and their dramas, their history and their future.
When the ordinary is exchanged for the extraordinary, you know you’re in Whanganui. Famed for its Taonga Māori Collection, you can see the exceptional creations of the tūpuna (ancestors) of today’s Whanganui River Māori.
Settlers and their struggles, the natural world of Whanganui and the creation of a mature and sometimes controversial town are interpreted in a changing exhibition programme with a world-class collection.
Children can find plenty to do and see. Spend time browsing in the Museum Shop which features local and Māori jewellery, books, cards and other New Zealand-made items.