Whanganui District

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Whanganui District
Territorial authority
Whanganui District.svg
Country New Zealand
Region Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Seat Whanganui
Government
 • Mayor Annette Main (Whanganui District Council)
Area
 • Total 2,373 km2 (916 sq mi)
Population (June 2015 estimate)[1]
 • Total 43,600
 • Density 18/km2 (48/sq mi)
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
 • Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Postcode(s) Map of postcodes
Website wanganui.govt.nz

Whanganui District is one of the districts of New Zealand. It includes the city of Whanganui and surrounding areas.

Formerly spelled "Wanganui", the Whanganui District Council resulted from the amalgamation of Wanganui and Waitotara county councils and Wanganui City Council. The district has an area of 2,373 km². Much of the land in Whanganui District is rough hill country surrounding the valley of the Whanganui River. A large proportion of this is within the Whanganui National Park.

All but some 4,200 people in the Whanganui District live in the city itself, meaning there are few prominent outlying settlements. A small but notable village is Jerusalem.

In 2015 Wanganui District Council changed the name of the district from Wanganui District to Whanganui District, bringing the council's name in line with the spelling of the city and the river.[2]

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