by car

Whanganui  has easy highway access no matter which direction you're approaching from.  Driving times are influenced by weather, traffic and your pleasure in the surroundings, but as a guide:

  • Wellington is about 200km to the south.  It will likely take less than 3 hours to drive.
  • Auckland is some 450km to the north and 6 hours driving.
  • Palmerston North is 80km to the east and about an hour to drive.

by train     / bus


Whanganui is well served by bus routes from the north, south and east. Plan your bus travel through the Intercity Group or Rail New Zealand.

If you want to incorporate a train journey check out Rail New Zealand and Kiwi Rail's Northern Explorer.

by air


Your favourite airline will afford you ways to reach New Zealand.

Air Chathams flies daily between Auckland and Whanganui.  Check the airline website for its schedule and fares.

** Are you travelling from Australia?

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