Activities in Whanganui 

We have a range of activities both in the park and around the park. That's the charm of being located on the riverbank - everything is a stone's throw away. 

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You'll find all our best suggestions in different categories - dining, beaches, shopping, family activities and lots more.
Click on the map to find your way around all the things to do and see in our area. 

NZ's Last Paddle Steamer

Climb aboard the last working paddle steamer in New Zealand - Whanganui's own PS Waimarie. Enjoy a leisurely cruise up the river while enjoying a light tea from The Gallery onboard. You might also enjoy taking the kids to the Waimarie Engine room to see how the boat tinkers.

Park Activities

Never be bored at our holiday park. Our facilities include a swimming pool, a toddler pool, private spa, two adventure playgrounds, a jumping pillow, bouncy castle, trikes, games room, petanque, mountain bikes and kayaks.

Free things to do in Whanganui

Whanganui boasts a range of free activities from pristine beaches, museums and galleries, gardens, markets and trails. Pick your favourite flavour of free fun and begin your free and memorable day in Whanganui. 

Take the Easy Tourist Loop

Only have a few days in the city? Make the most of them by seeing the best of what Whanganui has to offer in the tourist loop.


Kayaking gives you incredible views of Whanganui River that you just can't see from the road. To get the full river experience, the best thing you can do is jump on the river in a kayak. Hire our single or double kayaks for anywhere from an hour to a half day.

Parks, Gardens and Reserves 

Whanganui has a wide range of parks, gardens and reserves depending on whether you're interested in European buildings, bright flowers, bushwalks, historic buildings or lake strolls.