12 hours Whanganui


Sign for a hangi.

A wonderfully quiet place, Whanganui’s charm is in the pretty streets where there’s no rush to find a park or feel frazzled by traffic. There’s no need to drive far here anyway, so join the locals sipping coffee on street corners, and find some of the most acclaimed art in the country at the numerous galleries.



A suburb once left largely to its own devices and burdened by economic decline, Castlecliff has seen a huge turnaround in recent years thanks to a community determined to see it succeed.

A now beautifully landscaped central street has meant an increase in businesses popping up in the area, and the black sands of Castlecliff Beach are a popular place to build a fort, walk the dog and take a breather from the bustle of the centre city.