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UCOL Whanganui Campus

Whanganui campus
Whanganui UCOL is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and is situated alongside the beautiful Whanganui River and Moutoa Gardens. The campus was built in 2008 and is one block from the main shopping street and cafes.


Whanganui Iwi named the UCOL campus 'Matapihi ki te Ao' which means window of opportunity to the world, this can be accredited to the new opportunities the campus brings to not only the city, but to the entire world.


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In early 2013, a joint taskforce established four community based working parties who contributed to this report for UCOL and the Wanganui District Council to consider.   UCOL continues to work in partnership with the District Council on these matters. 

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Facilities include​​​

Hairdressing Salon

Whanganui hairdressing student at work

Students offer appointments to members of the public in their specially designed hair salon. This is very popular with students, staff and the Whanganui community.

Teaching Kitchen

Hospitality students at work

Two purpose built teaching kitchens for culinary arts students are well utilised and 'Visions on Rutland' training restaurant is open to the public at various times throughout the year.


Whanganui fashion student

Large pattern making facilities and a room full of sewing machines are popular hangouts for fashion students. The end of year Fashion Show is extremely popular and a chance for students to showcase garments made throughout the year.

​Fine Arts Studios

Whanganui fine arts work

Whanganui is well known for its fine arts.  The Quay School of the Arts is located in Wicksteed Street, on the former Wanganui Regional Community Polytechnic site.  Also onsite is the iconic Whanganui Glass School. The campus is within easy walking distance of the Sarjeant Art Gallery, The Whanganui Regional Museum, the Whanganui District Library and dealer galleries.

High Power Computers for High-end Graphic Design

Whanganui students working at a computer

The Whanganui School of Design has an international reputation and history as one of the best. The Mac Labs at the campus are frequently updated so they keep up to date with the ever changing industry of modern design, with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Large Library and Comfortable Study Areas

Whanganui library

The library and learning commons area offers students quiet and comfortable places to study, thousands of books, online resources and many helpful staff.


The campus provides a variety of diverse and comprehensive programmes catering to interests in fashion, art and design, culinary arts, hairdressing, nursing, business, contemporary music and more.


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​Why Whanganui?


Whanganui is located on the west coast of the central North Island of New Zealand. The city is situated about 73 kilometres (1 hour drive) northeast of Palmerston North.

Scenic view of Whanganui

The city is surrounded by a thick outline of brush and fauna that decorates thousands of hectares with the beautiful wild native bush home only to New Zealand. An opening to the coast is situated to the west of the city, where the Castlecliff Domain looks out over the Tasman Sea.


The surroundings have had much to with the influence of the culture of the recreational activities enjoyed by the inhabitants of Whanganui.

They include:

  • golf
  • canoeing and jet boating
  • hunting and fishing
  • surfing
  • skiing.

Whanganui is also host to a distinguished culture focused around creativity and arts. It is home to many of the region's prominent museums, libraries and art galleries.

Boutiques and cafes blend effortlessly into the colourful art-deco buildings that line the main streets, and make for a fine place to catch up with friends or to just to stop and relax after some hard study.

​Facilities and Services

Whanganui maintains two large libraries and runs an efficient local bus service.


Whanganui takes pride in representing a diverse population of European, Maori and Pasifika New Zealanders. Currently 48,000 people make up this energetic multicultural community.

Two to four bedroom homes located in the central city can be rented from $160 dollars per week. Dwellers can enjoy a care-free low-cost lifestyle close to Kai Iwi Beach.


Whanganui has more than 2000 hours of sunshine per year, summer temperatures range from 18 to 30 degrees celsius. The city's winters are mild bringing in temperatures between 4 and 14 degrees.

Contact Details

For further information about the exciting opportunities offered at UCOL Whanganui, feel free to contact us at…

Physical Address:

16 Rutland Street, Whanganui

Postal Address:

Private Bag 3020, Whanganui

Phone Number:

06 965 3800 or 0800 GO UCOL (0800 46 8265)




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