Wanganui Airport Mini Guide
Where is Wanganui Airport?
Wanganui Airport is close to the town of Wanganui in North Island, New Zealand. The airport is 7 km from the town.
How Would I fly There?
Air New Zealand has flights to Auckland
, these are operated by Eagle Airways.
How do I get to the Town?
There is no public transport from the airport to the town, but taxis are available. You should consider hiring a car, that way you really get to see more of the west coast of North Island.
What Facilities Does the Airport Have?
The terminal lounge is bright and comfortable and you can have a home baked snack and expresso at the South Beach Café. There is a visitor kiosk in the terminal for more information on Wanganui and the surrounding area.
What Can I see Nearby?
Dune Hill Tower and Virginia Lake Gardens are popular local attractions and you can see a large collection of British and New Zealand art at Sarjents Art Gallery.
I’m Bored…What Else is There to do?
Take a 2 hour river cruise on an old paddle steamer from Waimarie or if you are feeling adventurous go rafting or canoeing on the Wanganui River. Why not bush walk through the indoor and outdoor gardens at Bason Botanic Gardens.
Where Should I Stay?
The Grand Hotel is in the centre of town and has 55 rooms. There are two restaurants at the hotel and internet access is available. It is conveniently located for all the local attractions.
Where can I eat?
The Red Eye Café is one of the best in the area and has a retro art deco style. You can sit inside and admire the artwork or relax in the garden. The aioli and fries come well recommended. A little further out of town is the Lakeview Café opposite Virginia Lake. They serve meals throughout the day and evening and the lamb or seafood platters are a popular choice. Some evenings there is also entertainment.
Wanganui is an important city in Kiwi history as it was one of the first places to be settled by Europeans in the country and travellling around, it still evokes memories of early settler days. Once you’ve collected your hire car and settled into your accommodation, it’s time to see what’s around.
Pride of place must go to the spectacular Wanganui National Park with scenery you’ll use hundreds of camera shots on. Through this flows the Wanganui River; at 300 miles long it’s the longest navigable river on North Island. It’s also a great favourite for kayakers, canoeists and rafters.