Skyline of Whanganui or Wanganui
The River City
Whanganui or Wanganui is located in New Zealand
Whanganui or Wanganui
Coordinates: 39°56′S 175°03′E / 39°56′S 175°03′E / -39.933; 175.050

Whanganui (i/;[2] Māori: [ɸaŋanui]), also spelled Wanganui,[3] is a city on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The Whanganui River, New Zealand's longest navigable waterway, runs from Mount Tongariro to the sea. Whanganui is part of the Manawatu-Wanganui region.

Like several New Zealand centres, it was officially designated a city until administrative reorganisation in 1989, and is now run by a District Council. Although the city was called Wanganui from 1854, in February 2009, the New Zealand Geographic Board recommended the spelling be changed to "Whanganui". In December 2009, the government decided that while either spelling was acceptable, Crown agencies would use the Whanganui spelling.[4]

On 17 November 2015, Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) announced that Wanganui District would be renamed to Whanganui District.[5] This changed the official name of the District Council, and, because Whanganui is not a city but a district, the official name of the urban area as well.


Whanganui is located on the South Taranaki Bight, close to the mouth of the Whanganui River. It is 200 kilometres north of Wellington and 75 kilometres northwest of Palmerston North, at the junction of State Highways 3 and 4. Most of the city lies on the river's northwestern bank, due to the greater extent of flat land. The river is crossed by four bridges – Cobham Bridge, City Bridge, Dublin Street Bridge and Aramoho Railway Bridge (rail and pedestrians only).

Both Mount Ruapehu and Mount Taranaki can be seen from Durie Hill and other vantage points around the city.

Suburbs and localities

The following suburbs within Whanganui include (clockwise from due south):

  • Southwest: Gonville, Castlecliff, Tawhero
  • Northwest: Springvale, St. Johns Hill, Otamatea, Aramoho
  • Northeast: Wanganui East, Bastia Hill
  • Southeast: Durie Hill, Pūtiki
Other Languages
العربية: وانجانوي
asturianu: Whanganui
Deutsch: Wanganui
español: Whanganui
Esperanto: Wanganui
français: Wanganui
Gaeilge: Whanganui
Gàidhlig: Whanganui
한국어: 왕거누이
Bahasa Indonesia: Whanganui
ქართული: უონგანუი
Kiswahili: Whanganui
lietuvių: Vanganujis
Māori: Whanganui
Bahasa Melayu: Whanganui
日本語: ワンガヌイ
norsk: Whanganui
norsk nynorsk: Whanganui
polski: Wanganui
português: Whanganui
română: Wanganui
русский: Уонгануи
Türkçe: Whanganui
中文: 旺加努伊