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Serving the city of Wanganui, Wanganui Airport is a small airport that operates scheduled, private charter and air ambulance flights. Additionally, it houses a flight training school. Air New Zealand is the only carrier that offers scheduled flights here, which arrive from Auckland, Taupo and Wellington. The airport sits along the coast of the South Taranaka Bright, around three miles from the city.
Two car parks can be found on site; one for short-term parking and another for long-term parking. There is a passenger drop-off area situated directly in front of the single terminal building. Inside the terminal, passengers will find a café, an information desk and a large lounge. Car hire in Wanganui Airport is also available from some of the world's leading car rental companies.
Airport Road merges with state highways 3 and 4, both which join with the city centre. These roads make arriving in the city with car rental in Wanganui Airport straightforward. Most visitors come here to explore Whanganui National Park, although the city also has a few landmarks including the War Memorial Tower on Durie Hill. The World Heritage Tongariro National Park is another major draw with its ski fields and active volcanoes.
Whanganui's average temperature throughout the year is around 14°C, so it can be visited at any time. Many Europeans opt to avoid the cooler winter months of June, July and August, when the temperature can go down to 5.6°C, as well as the wet months of May and October. Yet the cool months are the best times for skiing at nearby Turoa. The summer months of December, January, February and March are the best times to visit.
The roads in the city are in good condition; however, it is a fairly small place and easy enough to walk around. Car hire in Wanganui Airport is ideal for exploring outside of the city and visiting its nearby national parks, and the state highways are well maintained. Compare car hire choices online before arriving to snag the best discounts.