I picked up a ‘Made in Wanganui’ flyer from the Rutland Arms Inn and read that helmets used by the New York Fire Department are made in Whanganui, as well as leather seats for Air New Zealand and Jetstar planes. If your cat eats Whiskas chances are it comes from the Mars petfood factory in Whanganui too.
I stayed at Rutland Arms for the night, although it’s at the less unusual end of the unusual accommodation continuum it’s definitely a good option if you’re in the city on business.
I stayed in the spacious Taylor Suite, all the eight suite names have a historical link to Whanganui. The high ceiling and timber furniture created a grand and classic feel to the room. The Taylor Suite is equipped with a good sized desk and chair, and a generous 200 MBs of data was included in the $165 room rate, along with continental breakfast.
It’s a short walk down the stairs from the suites to the popular restaurant and bar making it an easy decision where to dine in the evening. It wasn’t the first time I’ve had dinner at Rutland Arms and it won’t be the last, as a lone diner I found the staff especially welcoming and friendly.
The bar is well stocked with craft beer and a tasting tray is $16. Wasp Honey Pilsner, Captain Cooker Manuka Beer, and Panhead Pale Ale were three of the NZ craft beers on tap during my stay.
The Inn’s downtown location on the corner of Victoria Avenue and Ridgway Streets means it’s a short walk or drive from most of Whanganui’s cafes and restaurants if you’re looking for alternative dining options. A small table and pair of chairs in the suites provides a space for an evening cup of plunger coffee, or tea, or there’s a small lounge for guest use.
If you’re looking for spacious and quality accommodation in Whanganui with the convenience of a popular and reasonably priced restaurant and English style pub onsite then Rutland Arms Inn is well worth considering.