Travel by minibus from your hotel in Whanganui’s central business district and set off for a 2.5-hour tour of the city and outskirts. Your knowledgeable guide introduces you to the lovely city, starting at the Durie Hill Elevator. Pay a fee to ride to the top of the tower for sweeping views all the way to the Tasman Sea, including a glimpse of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Taranaki.
Soak up the pristine surroundings of Virginia Lake, including the winter gardens and the water lily fountain. You’ll hear insight about the rich history of Whanganui en route to the Bason Botanic Gardens, which feature cottage gardens bordered by native woodlands.
On the return drive to town, pass by the prestigious Wanganui Collegiate and stop by a military redoubt built in the mid-1800s. Learn about the New Zealand Wars while exploring the timber Cameron Blockhouse, a rare surviving fortification. View the Royal Whanganui Opera House before drop-off at your hotel.