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Wanganui Holidays Overview
Wanganui is located on New Zealand's North Island, on the west coast, and lies on the Whanganui River. Wanganui is 195 km from Wellington, or just under 3 hours to drive, and 450 km from Auckland, or a 6 1/2 hour drive. Europeans started settling in Wanganui in about 1840 after the New Zealand company started settling there. The Wanganui region has a very strong Maori history as well who used both the river and fertile lands.
The Whanganui River is the longest navigable inland waterway in New Zealand and has been an important river trading route in both Maori and European history. This river city has beautiful gardens, parks, and renovated historic buildings. There is plenty of both Maori and European culture and history on display.
There are many activities for the holiday maker in Wanganui including many river activities, museums, galleries, and walks. The Whanganui National Park is a beautiful back drop with exotic wildlife and pristine plant life.
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Wanganui Festival of Glass is a month long festival held in September and October that celebrates the unique glass art heritage, glass art practice, and the glass movement journey of Wanganui. The festival also looks forward to the future with the establishment of the Wanganui Glass School. Main street businesses make their windows available for a fortnight so that glass works can be exhibited to the public. The Gallery and library also participate in exhibiting students, emerging and established glass artists. There is also glass making workshops and hot glass demonstrations. Churches with stained glass windows also open up to the public.
holidays - How to Get There
Flights There are approximately 4 flights daily between Wanganui and Auckland, and a less frequent daily service between Wanganui and Christchurch daily.