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Whanganui, dubbed the River city is centrally located on the Western freight route between Auckland and Wellington on the banks of the Whanganui river. Situated in the mighty Manawatu within a 50-minute drive to Palmerston North, its easily accessible via regional airline, Air Chathams from Wellington and Auckland. The local airport is also home to an International commercial pilot academy training 200 students annually.

For a population of close to 45,000, the education on offer is world class. Whanganui has 7 secondary schools and is home to Whanganui Collegiate, regarded as one of New Zealand’s finest co-educational boarding schools. Whanganui High school is a state funded co-ed school of 1600 students, and the largest school in the lower North Island and in the top 30 largest schools in New Zealand. UCOL, established in 1902 specialises in Applied engineering, Health, Sciences and Business.

The Whanganui market continues this late-cycle run, echoing the characteristics of regional NZ. Home buyers are the main culprits, removing valuable rentable housing stock. This has had the inevitable effect of pushing rents higher.