Whanganui provides education, health and business services for a large country area around the city. The excellent educational facilities attract students and teachers from other parts of the country as well as overseas.
Sporting activities are very popular and facilities such as the golf courses and indoor swimming pool are open to everyone to use.
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The larger cities of Wellington and Palmerston North are within easy reach, just 1 or 2 hours drive away, and daily flights to other centres depart from Wanganui Airport. The climate is temperate with summer temperatures from 18-25°C (November to April) and winter temperatures 4-14°C (June to September).
Wanganui is a quiet provincial centre resting between the sea and the Whanganui National Park. Its early importance has left the city the legacy of a strong Maori cultural identity, elegant colonial buildings and a long tradition as an educational centre. The city is home to six secondary schools as well as Wanganui UCOL where a degree level Fine Arts programme is offered.
UCOL’s Computer Graphic Design degree programme is based here. The programme has an international reputation with a number of UCOL’s computer animation graduates being employed in the production of “The Lord of the Rings” and “King Kong”. “The Lord of the Rings” film trilogy gained a record 11 Oscars, including Oscars for Special Effects.
ISENZ place students in the following schools and institutions within Dunedin: