The city of Wanganui  is on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is on the Whanganui River, which flows from Mount Tongariro via the stunning Whanganui National Park. The district has a population of approx. 44,000.
Founded in 1840, Wanganui is one of the oldest European settlements in New Zealand, and was named Petre until 1852.
Marton (40 km) is the nearest railway station.
A mixture of walking and taking buses is generally the most cost-effective way to get around Wanganui. Buses generally depart every hour from Maria Place Extension.
Various art exhibitions are held around Wanganui's city centre at almost all times. Much of it is student work from UCOL, and the best exhibitions usually take place in the acclaimed Wanganui School of Design, which has a very nice tight-knit staff that can hold very interesting conversations. However, don't ask Tanya Roberson about dogs or memes, you'll be there for hours.
Wanganui Collegiate School is a private school which has a beautiful campus with some attractive old brick buildings. Founded in 1854, you cannot drive through the grounds during school hours as the school's main thoroughfare - the only one wide enough for cars - is used heavily throughout the day.
Trafalgar Square shopping centre on Taupo Quay was opened in 1989 with New Zealand's largest K-Mart store. K-Mart has since been replaced by The Warehouse, which shares the complex with a range of other shops including Wendy's. The shake 'n dogs are not what they used to be.
Phaedra is a small but well-stocked gothic apparel store near the Red Eye Cafe. The staff are friendly and the store smells pleasingly of incense.
Stardust Creations is a rather artsy-fartsy new age store with a confused demographic, but it sells some very beautiful unique hand-made necklaces between $5 and $50 that, while bereft of mineral value, are generally much prettier and more interesting than diamonds. Perfect for a bohemian friend.
The Red Eye Cafe on Guyton Street is right up there with the best cafes in Wellington and Auckland.
Ceramic, a jazz bar/restaurant on the main street, has nice food and personable staff.
Bollywood Star is the best Indian restaurant in the Manawatu-Whanganui region. Their butter chicken and chicken pakoras are not to be missed, nor is their delicious mango lassi. A plasma TV plays somewhat enjoyable Bollywood films non-stop and the waiting staff are very personable.
Kebabholik is a rather good Turkish fast food joint next to the main street Subway.
Thistles is a small but well-stocked sweet shop with extensive range, and features homemade sweets as well as bulk candy.
Red Lion Cafe and Bar/Pub along the waterfront. A nice atmosphere with pool tables and big screen TV's to watch the rugby