The Whanganui River is a major river in the North Island of New Zealand. It is the country's third-longest river, and has special status owing to its importance to the region's Māori people. In March 2017 it became the world's second (after Te Urewera) natural resource to be given its own legal identity, with the rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person. The Whanganui Treaty settlement brought the longest-running litigation in New Zealand history to an end.
|Native name||Whanganui (Māori)|
|Towns and cities||Taumarunui, Whanganui|
|Length||290 km (180 mi)|
|Basin size||7,380 km2 (2,850 sq mi)|
|• average||219 m3/s (7,700 cu ft/s)|
|• left||Whakapapa River, Retaruke River, Manganui o te Ao River|
|• right||Pungapunga River, Ongarue River, Ohura River, Tangarakau River, Whangamōmona River|