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Top-rated vacation rentals in Whanganui

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Bungalow in Whanganui
Luxury Living Central College Estate Springvale
Contemporary modern style living within walking distance to supermarkets, sports facilities, splash centre and just off Highway 3 towards New Plymouth. This is a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 lounge bungalow with fresh modern colors, styling, and light features. The bathroom has style and class with a double wet floor shower and overhead shower for absolute luxury. Enjoy a relaxing holiday in Whanganui, with easy walking distance to the central city and only a 5-minute drive to local attractions.
May 23 – 30
$101 per night
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Place to stay in Marton
Yellow Submarine
NO CLEANING FEE Ticked off your bucket list, but still need more? 1960's: All aboard for the magical mystery tour with the Beatles and their Yellow Submarine, powered by love; because that's what makes the world go round Cold War superpower scenario: "Hunt for Red October"puts you in charge of nuclear mutually assured destruction,will soviet or US flinch first? 1943 North Atlantic: you are unterseeboot commander happy hunting stricken conveys with torpedo's, then oops..depth charges,blind panic
Jun 9 – 16
$105 per night
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Place to stay in Whanganui
The Braeburn
Whanganui Awa became the first waterway in the world to get legal personhood, in 2017. Staying next to her in Apartment 11 @ The Braeburn is a rare opportunity to come inside this often admired building. On the second floor in the main wing with a huge exclusive balcony, is your truly blissful escape. Come watch the sunsets, and pour yourself a drink. Slow down, relax and enjoy. The apartment has a kitchenette, queen bed with a quality new mattress and linen, TV and clawfoot bath. No shower.
May 7 – 14
$75 per night

Popular amenities for Whanganui vacation rentals

Stay near Whanganui's top sights

Kowhai Park17 locals recommend
Virginia Lake31 locals recommend
Trafalgar Square Shopping Centre7 locals recommend
PAK'nSAVE6 locals recommend
Castlecliff Beach5 locals recommend
Rutland Arms Inn11 locals recommend

Other great vacation rentals in Whanganui

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Home in Whanganui
The White House. Stylish Art Deco.
Jun 15 – 22
$93 per night
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Cottage in Whanganui
Riverview Cottage
Aug 7 – 14
$79 per night
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Townhouse in Whanganui
MidCentury Retreat, Whanganui, Design-Belchambers
Apr 14 – 21
$77 per night
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Guesthouse in Whanganui
Cozy bush guesthouse in the city
Jul 18 – 25
$57 per night
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Cottage in Kai Iwi
Cute Kiwi Beach Bach
Oct 31 – Nov 7
$67 per night
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Tiny home in Whanganui
Kokako Lodge
Feb 20 – 27
$88 per night
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Farm stay in Waituna West
Richcrest Farm Stay-Self contained Cabin
May 21 – 28
$66 per night
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Guest suite in Kai Iwi
'The Stones' Farm Accommodation near Kai Iwi Beach
Mar 18 – 25
$69 per night
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Guesthouse in Marton
Self contained guest house
Sep 12 – 19
$68 per night
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Farm stay in Fordell
Magnolia Cottage - Rural hideaway, close to town
May 5 – 12
$102 per night
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Home in Whanganui
Charmae Guest House. (7 beds)
Jan 24 – 31
$88 per night
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Guesthouse in Papaiti
The Signal Box Riverside Accommodation
May 21 – 28
$118 per night

Other great vacation rentals in Whanganui

Home in Kai Iwi
Sunset Delight
Jul 26 – Aug 2
$239 per night
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Home in Whanganui
Town-house On The Hill (Breakfast inclusive)
Mar 5 – 12
$80 per night
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Home in Whanganui
The Treehouse - a unique house with rural views
Oct 6 – 13
$297 per night
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Home in Whanganui
Beautiful views of Whanganui
Oct 18 – 25
$139 per night
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Home in Kai Iwi
Beach front views high above Kai iwi Beach
May 17 – 24
$167 per night
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Cottage in Kaitoke
Te Whare Kōwhai
Apr 11 – 18
$93 per night
Apartment in Whanganui
Central City Loft Style Apartment
Aug 12 – 19
$174 per night
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Guest suite in Whanganui
Oaklands Villa boutique accommodation
Jun 9 – 16
$117 per night
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Home in Kai Iwi
Cottage on Rapanui
Aug 29 – Sep 5
$155 per night
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Guesthouse in Whanganui
Welcome to The Palms.!
Jul 21 – 28
$72 per night
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Apartment in Whanganui
The East Wing
Dec 17 – 24
$98 per night
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Place to stay in Whanganui
Sandcastle Castlecliff Sea to Sky beach views
Sep 8 – 15
$84 per night

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Whanganui

Total rentals

200 properties

Rentals with a pool

10 properties have a pool

Pet-friendly rentals

20 properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

80 properties are a good fit for families

Total number of reviews

9.3K reviews

Nightly prices starting at

$10 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Whanganui

All About Whanganui

The town of Whanganui, located within the Manawatū-Whanganui region on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island, is named after the longest navigable river in New Zealand. The river runs through the town before it lets out into the Pacific Ocean, and visitors often travel along the Whanganui Journey, a 90-mile paddle route down the river through deep canyons and mostly calm waters.

The rolling green hills and forests that surround the city offer plenty of hiking trails, from leisurely ambles to challenging climbs. Whanganui is also the end point of the Ngā Ara Tūhono, or the Mountains to Sea trail. This mountain bike route is a five-day ride that starts from Tongariro National Park.

Whanganui’s streets offer a combination of heritage architecture and colorful street art. Experience the vibe of the city through the weekly River Traders Market, which takes place on a historic Māori trading site and is the perfect spot to pick up vintage pieces, crafts, and plants. Stop at the farmers’ booths to purchase organic fruits and vegetables, smoothies, and snacks.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Whanganui

Thanks to its temperate climate, a visit to Whanganui is pleasant in any season. The summer months of December through March offer the warmest weather and the most sunshine. Writers and bookworms plan their Whanganui accommodation for mid-February, when the Whanganui Literary Festival occurs. The 10-day event gives local authors and big-name writers a chance to talk about their latest works. In March, La Fiesta is a women’s festival with workshops, art, music, and lectures. During winter, which runs from June to August, expect cold and rainy weather. Although the temperature rarely reaches freezing, you should still pack layers and waterproof outerwear.

Top things to do in Whanganui

The Durie Hill Elevator

New Zealand’s only public underground elevator is accessed by a long pedestrian tunnel, and you’ll be welcomed aboard by an operator. This historic elevator takes you up 216 feet to the top of the hill, saving you from walking up 355 steps. From the lookout deck, you can take in views of the town. While you’re here, you can visit the adjacent War Memorial Tower.

New Zealand Glassworks - Te Whare Tūhua O Te Ao

Housed in the local newspaper’s former printworks, New Zealand Glassworks-Te Whare Tūhua O Te Ao is a celebration of New Zealand’s art glass heritage. Discover the history of glass art through the interactive displays and browse local artists’ pieces at the center’s exhibition. You can also attend glass-blowing workshops and demonstrations before choosing a souvenir from the gift shop.

Tongariro National Park

An hour and a half northeast of Whanganui is New Zealand’s first national park, the 307-square-mile Tongariro National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to three active volcanoes with breathtaking views from the top, unbelievably blue lakes where you can kayak, and rivers with grade three rapids for whitewater rafting. Numerous hiking trails line the park, offering paths of varying skill and accessibility levels, whether you’re here for a 15-minute stroll or for four-to-six-day adventures.

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