Attractions in the Area...

In the Whanganui area there is something for everyone.


Just 10km from Fordell Homestead, are the award winning Paloma Gardens.  A worthwhile place to spend a few hours for anyone interested in native and exotic plants.  


Whanganui (also spelt Wanganui) is one of the oldest towns in New Zealand; it is rich in cultural heritage from both Maori and early European settlers.  


Here is a small sample of what is available during your visit...


Take the self guided heritage walk around Whanganui city to learn its unique history since it was established in 1840.


There are many art galleries to enjoy including the famous Sarjeant Gallery; the Whanganui Regional Museum is also worth a visit.


During the summer months book a relaxing two hour cruise up the Whanganui River on the historic coal fire paddle steamer Waimarie.


A variety of theatres, including the Royal Wanganui Opera House, the Wanganui Repertory Theatre and Amdram.


For cinema enthusiasts, Whanganui's Embassy 3 cinema show both mainstream and arthouse films.


For the energetic and adventurous try the walkways, cycle ways, golf, jetboat rides, bushwalks. canoeing, mountain-biking and beaches to mention just a few.


Shopaholics, may like to explore the many unique shops along and off Victoria Avenue.


Whanganui offers a range of cafes and restaurants to satisfy the hungry traveller, many of them within walking distance of the river.    


The weekly River Traders (and farmers) market on the city side of the Whanganui River is a great place to wander on a Saturday morning.


Whanganui offers all of this and much more.  


For more information and details of upcoming events in Whanganui, visit the i-Site Visitor Information Centre, located right next to the river at 31 Taupo Quay, Whanganui. 

Sargeant Gallery and Mt Ruapehu

The Sargeant Gallery in Whanganui, just 15 minutes drive from Fordell Homestead. In the distance, Mt Ruapehu (90 minutes from Fordell Homestead). Ruapehu is an active volcano, with two ski fields and the tallest peak in the North Island.