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VroomVroomVroom is the best way to find car rental in Whanganui. We compare rates from suppliers around New Zealand such as Hertz, Thrifty, Avis, Budget and Europcar. Find your car hire in Whanganui so you can explore at your own pace.

Whanganui is located on the west coast of New Zealand. Home to the mighty Whanganui River, the town was one of the first settled in the country. It now boasts a thriving arts scene as well as many heritage buildings. The town is within reach of the beautiful Whanganui National Park.

Why hire a car in Whanganui with VroomVroomVroom?

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Driving tips in Whanganui

If you are just visiting New Zealand, take note that you must keep to the left-hand side of the road. The roads can be quite narrow, particularly if you are heading into any mountainous areas.

Whanganui is located over two and a half hours north of Wellington via State Highway 1. The town is just an hour from Palmerston North on State Highway 3. Allow yourself plenty of time to travel.

Best time to visit Whanganui

Summer is a popular time to visit New Zealand's North Island. With Whanganui's coastal location, summer is a perfect time to explore the area in a rental car. Make sure to pack plenty of warm clothes if you are visiting during winter.

Whanganui hosts a number of events throughout the year. Get involved in the town's art scene during March when many local artists open their studios to the public. In January don't miss the town's popular Vintage Weekend.

Discover the history of Whanganui in your rental car!

Firstly, what's in a name? You may get confused when you see the city sometimes referred to as Wanganui, other times as Whanganui. It goes back to colonial times, Whanganui Maori pronounce 'wh' as a soft w sounds, whereas Maori in other parts of New Zealand pronounce it as 'f'. The English explorers wrote what they heard, so Wanganui was spelled without the h. In 1991, the river was officially changed to Whanganui, and in 2009, after a couple of referendums, it was deemed that both spellings of the city name would be officially recognised.

Located near the mouth of the Whanganui River and handy to west coast beaches, is Wanganui city. It is surrounded by the popular mountain peaks of Taranaki, Ruapehu and Tongariro. It's a city on the west coast of the North Island that prides itself for its reserves, parks, cycle and walking tracks, plus a vibrant arts community. All you need is your trusty car rental and our guide of things to do below...


Whanganui Regional Museum

Main entrance from the forecourt of the War Memorial Hall, Watt Street
This museum takes you on a journey into the hearts and minds of the people of Whanganui. It has an extensive collection of Taonga Maori (Maori treasures) One of its featured exhibitions currently is the Moa Gallery, housing one of the world's most important collections of Moa relics. Moa were a giant flightless bird in New Zealand, sadly now extinct.

Bason Botanic Garden

552 Rapanui Rd, Westmere, Wanganui
Rated 'Garden of Significance' - New Zealand Gardens Trust, 10km northwest of Wanganui you'll find 62 acres of garden collections spanning one of the largest public-garden orchid collections in the country, tropical plant conservatories, Mediterranean gardens, native bush and wetlands, lakeside flats and woodlands spotted with unique architecture. Perfect location for a picnic lunch.

Whanganui River Journey

When is a 'Great Walk' not a walk? When it's a paddle! The New Zealand Department of Conservation's network of Great Walks, also includes a multi-day paddle on the Whanganui River. Find out more at

Happy Customer Reviews for Wanganui Car Hire
Rating: 5 / 5 based on 5 reviews
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    Date: 14 Feb 2021
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