With the majority of the city rooted on the northwestern bank of the longest navigable waterway in New Zealand, the Whanganui river has shaped the history and culture of both the city and its people.
Te Awa O Whanganui – Kō au te Āwa, kō te Āwa kō au. I am the river, the river is me. These words embody the spiritual, cultural and historical relationship and defines the Iwi (Māori people) of the Whanganui River and region. Traditionally used by Māori, this saying has become increasingly relevant to locals of European descent whose lives and history have also become intrinsically linked to the river.
Steeped in history, art and culture, Whanganui is a place that can cater to every taste. Within eyeshot of the mountains, Whanganui boasts a beautiful natural landscape, from dramatic west coast beaches to unspoilt native bush, perfect for canoeing, tramping and wilderness adventures. Proudly showcasing an an abundance of art and creativity, the vibrant community also prides itself on its parks, reserves, cycleways and walkways. Here you are likely to find an immediate sense of historical connection and a real New Zealand authenticity.
For more information visit the Whanganui website
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