Whanganui: the Arts Capital of New Zealand

From the internationally recognised Sarjeant Gallery to a diverse community of over 400 contemporary artists, Whanganui has so much to offer the discerning arts lover. The city boasts a wide range of galleries, many within easy walking distance in the CBD, and an eclectic wealth of public art to delight the senses. Dive in, explore, enjoy.

Plan your visit to Whanganui:

See, Do, Experience

Explore the Whanganui River, immerse yourself in museums and art galleries, take a leisurely cycle or walk in our natural parks and reserves.


Eat & Drink

Whanganui is a great destination for drinking and dining, from quirky cafes to fine-dining restaurants and creative cocktail bars.



Feel at home when you visit us. Whanganui has accommodation options to suit your budget and your style.


What's On

Our events celebrate what makes Whanganui unique, from our rich heritage to our vibrant arts scene to our great sporting achievements.


Public Art
Rangiora Shelter by Claire Bell, 2020
Untitled by Hayley Welsh, 2019
Untitled by Dan Mills, 2021
Museum Mosaic by Don Wilson and Basil Benseman
Edith Collier by Pat Perry, 2019
Untitled by Milarky, 2021
Stained Glass Window Panels by June Gillies, Olaf Wehr-Candler, Carmen Simmonds, Jim Dennison, Dean Flavell, 2003
Ruapehu by Te Rangimarie Mareikura, 2006
Cliffy Mokonui - The Castlecliff Triceratops
Round and Around by Steuart Welch, 2009
Whio by Flox, 2021
Moorings by Peter Nicholls, 2013
Higginbottom Fountain by Arthur Vogan, 1971
Pare and Tukutuku Panels by Neil Ranginui, 2006
Mural by Dan Mills, 2018
Peel back the layers of oneself by Cinzah, 2019
Untitled by Mike Marsh, 2021
Kārearea by Charles & Janine Williams, 2021
Bearing by David McCracken, 2011
Untitled by Gina Kiel, 2019
The Whanganui Story by Greg Hall and Julie Greig, 2006-present
Untitled by Claire Foxton, 2019
Cone Piece by Matt Pine, 1986
Peter Pan by Cecil Thomas, 1967
Castlecliff 3D Zebra Crossing
Balancing Act by Daniel Clifford, 2010
Castlecliff Basketball Court (mural)
The Homestead Entrance by Lisa Walsh, 2015
River Dolphins by Mark Southcombe, 2010
Arapaki Panels by Ngā Puna Waihanga Whanganui
Transient Being by Hamish Horsley, 1997 and 2021
Villa Rustica by Gail Mason and Paul Johnson, 2015
Te Ao Hurihuri by Te Rangimarie Mareikura, 2007
Protection in Adversity by Joan Morrell, 2003
Peaceable Kingdom by Brit Bunkley & Andrea Gardner, 2020
Untitled by Mica Still, 2021
Handspan by Ross Mitchell-Anyon, 2002
Delphinium by Fraser Hubert Moreton, 2003
Hear My Train a Comin' by Brit Bunkley, 2011
Peter Snell by Chris Elliot, 2009
Ngā Ika o te Wharepukapuka o Whanganui, Piharau
Kotahintanga by Jason Paranihi and Edwin Barham, 2014
Encounter by Judd Bailey and Mark Southcombe, 2010
Matua te Mana/Supreme Authority by Te Rangimarie Mareikura, 2009
Te Ao Marama by Jacob Chrisohoou, 2019
Drews Ave - Streets for People
Untitled by Amok Island, 2019
Kereru by Paul Dibble, 2010
Leapfrog by Frank Foster
Tram Bus Stop by Dan Mills, 2018
Kai Iwi Driftwood Seal
Untitled by Cracked Ink, 2019
Castlecliff Library Mural
Hangar's Home by SwiftMantis, 2021
Waka Maumahara mo Pura McGregor by Cecelia Kumeroa, 2020
Untitled by Elliott Frances Stewart, 2019
The Caring Column by Joan Morrell, 1985
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