Whanganui

Whanganui
or
Wanganui
Skyline of WhanganuiorWanganui
Nickname(s): The River City
WhanganuiorWanganui is located in New Zealand
WhanganuiorWanganui
Whanganui
or
Wanganui
Coordinates: 39°56′S 175°03′E / 39°56′S 175°03′E / -39.933; 175.050
Country New Zealand
RegionManawatu-Wanganui
Territorial authorityWhanganui District
Government
 • MayorHamish McDouall
Area
 • Territorial2,372.7 km2 (916.1 sq mi)
Population (June 2017)[1]
 • Territorial40,300
 • Density17/km2 (44/sq mi)
 • Urban40,300
Postcode(s)4500, 4501
Area code(s)06
Websitewww.wanganui.govt.nz

Whanganui (i/;[2] Māori: [ɸaŋanui]), also spelt 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 called Wanganui from 1854, the New Zealand Geographic Board recommended the name be changed to "Whanganui", and the government decided in December 2009 that, while either spelling was acceptable, Crown agencies would use the Whanganui spelling.[4]

Geography

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
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