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The Quaker Settlement

The Quaker Settlement, established in 1976, is also known as Friends Settlement and locally as Quaker Acres. An intentional community with a residential seminar centre at its heart, it is set in 20 acres of farmland and planting on the outskirts of Wanganui, a provincial city of 43,000. We prefer to spell the city "Whanganui" in keeping with local Maori wishes.  Currently 23 Settlers range in age from preschool to Friends in their 70s. The site is noted for its quiet, peaceful atmosphere.

For latest news, seminars and blog, view the separate Quaker Settlement page.

The seminar centre is surrounded by 16 individual houses occupied by the Friends who comprise the community, care for the centre and run an annual Quaker programme, all on a voluntary basis.

Properties to rent
There are two properties to rent at the Settlement. If you are interested in becoming a Settler, please contact the Settlement at

Settlement Seminar Programme

Click here to see the Settlement Programme on the Settlement website
Click here for the current brochure.

Sustainability in power - read about the small-scale (but effective) power generation at the Quaker Settlement

Contact the Settlement
For enquiries and bookings contact Settlement Bookings on (06) 347 7409 or write to:
Bookings, Quaker Settlement, 76 Virginia Road, Whanganui. You can mail the Quaker Settlement at:
Getting there
From the city take State Highway 3 towards New Plymouth. 1km past Virginia Lake turn right into Virginia Road, and the Settlement is on the left just past Kowhainui Rest Home.

Silver Wattle Australian Quaker Centre

Silver Wattle is a new Quaker centre in Australia, that welcomes any serious spiritual seekers.  They offer:
  • spiritual formation and prayer
  • Quaker heritage and processes in decision-making and reconciliation
  • Preparing for active witness in non-violent social change
  • training in sustainable living
  • a meeting space within the setting of a Spirit-led Quaker community