In Whanganui, students can easily experience some fun after a day of study, with so much available within a very short distance.

The Whanganui River is great for rowing, kayaking, waka ama (traditional canoe), jet skiing and water skiing. For those who like to stay out of the water, there is fishing, cycling or walking alongside the river.

Tourism operators provide river boat rides and jet boating trips further up stream. Here, surrounded by native bush and farmland, is where the river’s true magic can be found.

We have five easily accessible beaches all with their own uniqueness. One or more will easily become a favourite spot for students that enjoy surfing, swimming or combing the beach. Castlecliff Beach and Mowhanau Beach are patrolled by life-guards in the summer months making them popular destinations for a day out with friends.

Whanganui has an impressive arts community and an edgey art scene with many many galleries. The Sarjeant Art Gallery, Te Whare o Rehua, houses one of New Zealand’s most significant and extensive collections. Whanganui is also home to the New Zealand Glassworks. Here glass artists from around New Zealand and the world come to create masterpieces while the public can look on. The public also get the chance to have a go with the workshops on offer.

Other things to do include indoor swimming, skate-boarding, mountain-biking, crossfit or gym-training, horse-riding, movies, roller-skating, or having a bbq with family and friends at one of our many parks and reserves.

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