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North Island's West Coast Travel Guide


A major gateway to Whanganui National Park, Wanganui city is worthy in its own right. The compact city center has lively streets with shops and galleries and restored heritage buildings that hark back to colonial times and busy trading days. The city is home to a lively arts community, in particular glass and pottery, and locals gather at the River Traders riverside market on Saturday morning for fresh produce and crafts.

Two restored riverboats cruise the river's lower reaches, and gardens, parks, an interesting regional museum, and fine cafés and restaurants complete the picture.

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