Our Pick: Top Local Attractions in Wanganui


Hire a car from our Wanganui branch to visit the beautiful town that abounds with historic buildings, preserved from the early days of European settlement, along with beautiful parks and gardens. The Sarjeant Gallery, Museum and Opera House are buildings with an international reputation. Situated at the mouth of the Whanganui River, Wanganui is a delightful town rich in both Maori and European history. 

Whanganui River

Wanganui JerusalemThe Whanganui River, flows from one of New Zealand's highest volcanoes, Mount Tongariro, through the spectacular Whanganui National Park to the bustling city of Wanganui. Rent a car to travel the historic River Road and experience Maori culture in the numerous small settlements. Take a jet boat trip to the enigmatic "Bridge to Nowhere". Venture further in your Wanganui rental car and visit Taihape, the gumboot capital of New Zealand and Palmerston North, a university city.

The Market by the river

It's a tradition. This is a market held on the Whanganui riverbank every saturday morning alongside the Waimarie Riverboat Centre on the riverfront. A must for any tourist to see and buy the local crafts, trinkets and fresh produce. Meet the 'river traders'. As many as one hundred stalls display the diversity and range of products. 


Wanganui Heritage Main Street

Wanganui City has been revitalised by the restoration of its heritage streets and buildings. Victoria Avenue boasts central city shopping with wrought iron garden seats and palm trees. Cafes, speciality shops, an Art Deco cinema and an English-style pub all add to the attraction of Wanganui. Why not go on a Heritage Trail to learn the beautiful heritage of Wanganui. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Wanganui and providing you with a vehicle that suits so you can explore our beautiful region! 


passo compact carWanganui River Road 

Cruise along the Wanganui river in one of our compact cars at just $45 per day, a 4-seater car with 250 free kms included. Explore the wonders of the beautiful Whanganui River and then return to Wanganui via the Parapara Scenic Highway. The beauty of hiring a rental car is that you can stop off wherever and whenever you want to investigate the places that interest you most. 

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Wanganui Arts 

Wanganui has become known for its championing of the arts with an Arts Trail, which includes visiting a number of prominent New Zealand artists who have made Wanganui their home. You could easily spend a couple of days discovering all the nooks and crannies within the city, as well as the surrounding countryside and small towns.


Chronicle Glass

Feeling arty? Wanganui has New Zealand's only Glass Art school and this is a functioning glass blowing and crafting business where you can see the crafts people have created on display. They hold glass blowing weekend workshops where you can experience sculpting, twisting and pulling molten glass first hand to create paperweights and many more. It's a short five-minute drive from Pegasus Rental Cars Wanganui branch. 


Catch the Waimarie Paddle Steamer

The magnificent Waimarie is New Zealand's only truly steam-powered paddle steamer. A coal-fired paddle steamer that belches smoke on its daily 13km trips up the Whanganui river. It also has a free-entry museum which traces the history of the the many paddle boats that sailed the Wanganui River back in the 19th and 20th century. Have a quick squiz at the engine room and talk to the crew! The first scheduled sailing this season is on the 19th of October!