Around the Whanganui Region
The rugged hills of Whanganui National Park, pleasant river town of Whanganui and the quintessentially Kiwi small town of Taihape (famous for its annual Gumboot Day) all have their own charms to offer in this peaceful and relaxing region that is steeped in history.
Whanganui Great eateries and a renowned art gallery on the Whanganui River. Taihape Small country town in the Rangitikei.
Visit the acclaimed Sarjeant Art Gallery hewn of Oamaru stone. Whether by paddle steamer or canoe, take a boat trip on the Whanganui River. Ride the historic Durie Hill Elevator in urban Whanganui. Visit the haunting Bridge To Nowhere.
The region around the mouth of the Whanganui River was a major area of Māori settlement, and today a deep sense of culture pervades the Whanganui region. Several marae are dotted along the Whanganui River, deep in the Whanganui National Park.