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Top recommendations from locals

Lake
“Beautiful lake walk, great cafe, mini botanical gardens, art and arboretum- a must see!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Wanganui is renowned for its thriving arts scene. The Sarjeant on the Quay is the temporary home of the Sarjeant Gallery while it undergoes a massive refurbishment. There are many art galleries in our city.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a great restaurant to visit that serves large portions and plenty of variety. It is recommended to book a table before going.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Durie Hill Elevator celebrated it's 100th year recently. It is an absolute must see. Take the steps up and then make your way back down with the elevator. The views from up there are incredible and completely worth it. The cost is $2 per person per ride”
  • 11 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Pak N Save next door and New World across from both Pak n Save and Countdown”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
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“One of the towns best food and good atmosphere places, small kids area and three mins down the rd from the beach”
  • 11 locals recommend
Park
“A lovely park full of trees, botanic gardens across the road. Dog friendly at the South end of Kowhai Park. Flintsone Park is also here.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Museum
“Currently under earthquake strengthening, this building is magnificent, right next to the Public Library. The Museum has transferred some pieces to Somme Parade Museum opposite ISite.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
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“Good for pub grub or fine dining upstairs. Great to sit in the covered verandah on a sunny day and watch the world go by. Quiz night on winter Wednesdays a hit but book early or you'll miss out. Live music on occasions, always a good night out.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Great to watch classes of people making glass art and beautiful local glass sculpture”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“A lovely laidback bar/restaurant with cool retro furniture, a great range of beers and wines too. An outdoor covered area with table tennis area. Live music on most weekends”
  • 7 locals recommend
Place to eat
“This restaurant has met our expectations each time. I would definitely recommend the pizza's and the loaded fries. If needed they also have a small function room that would work well for private parties. We have never needed to book but you may want to during peak times.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Biggest boutique beer selection in town, decent restaurant, quiet and within walking distance. Has an English theme.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Great movie theater, very affordable, if you need something to do on a rainy day or night out this is a great place to go! ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Food
“ Cafe during day, makes great coffee. Fine dining restaurant in evening ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“A cruise aboard the iconic Waimarie Paddle Steamer is undoubtedly one of the most authentic ways to experience Whanganui River’s scenery and history. Salvaged from the bottom of the Whanganui River where she sat for around 50 years, the Waimarie Paddle Steamer (previously known as PS Waimarie) was restored to her former glory and re-launched in 2000 to make her New Zealand’s only authentic coal-fired paddle steamer in operation. Today, we can but dream of the hustle and bustle of the trading settlers and iwi who knew the Waimarie Paddle Steamer of old. Instead we can enjoy her resurrection with a leisurely river cruise more fitting to her stately grace. Loved by adults and children alike, a scheduled or private charter cruise on the Waimarie Paddle Steamer offers a unique view of Wanganui.”
  • 7 locals recommend