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Wanganui, (or Whanganui) is a river city on New Zealand's North Island. Located on the west coast, the city sits on the Taranaki Bight where the mouth of the Whanganui River meets the Tasman Sea. The city also resides mostly on the western side of the river with suburbs extending north and west.
There are some suburbs on the eastern more hilly side of the river. Durie Hill is one of the highest hills here and offers western views over the Wanganui CBD, the Whanganui River, and even as far as Mount Taranaki. To the north, Mount Ruapehu can be seen in the distance too. Both Mt Ruapehu and Mt Taranaki are volocanoes that are covered in snow during the winter season.
The Whanganui River is the longest navigable waterway in the country, its source is Mount Tongariro in the Central Plateau and if flows southward and empties into the Tasman Sea. If you navigate north of the city by river, you will soon enter some iconic rural landscape with rolling green hills with grazing sheep and dairying. if you venture further up the river you will eventually enter Whanganui Natonal Park where countless hills and valleys are covered in lowland temperate rainforest. The area has a number of tracks through the forest and has a rich Maori history. Further north from here lies Tongariro National Park.