MANAWATU/WANGANUI - NEW ZEALAND
The Wanganui region is on the lower west coast of the North Island , south of Taranaki and the Taupo and Ruapehu regions.
This area is known for maori culture, heritage, Whanganui National Park and river adventures. The region takes its name from the city of Wanganui , which rests on the banks of the spectacular Whanganui River .
To the east of Wanganui lie the city of Palmerston North , the towns of Feilding , Ashhurst and many rural villages. You'll also find the southern hemisphere's largest wind farm. The dramatic, diverse landscape of the area offers a range of unique experiences. As well as excellent brown trout fly-fishing in the Rangatikei River , there's the chance to see rare and migrating birds at the Manawatu river estuary.
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NZstays - Hightlights of Wanganui
In the early 1900s, visitors called the Whanganui River the `Rhine of New Zealand` It is the longest navigable river in the country, with 239 rapids and stunning bush scenery. There are many ways to explore the Whanganui River - jet boat, kayak, canoe, raft, paddle steamer or on the end of a fly-fishing rod
You can also follow the trail to the mysterious `Bridge to Nowhere`, built across the Mangapurua Gorge to give access to an isolated settlement that was finally abandoned in 1942. Now only the `Bridge to Nowhere` remains.
Horowhenua is a special part of New Zealand `s Nature Coast, featuring rivers, beaches, lakes, mountains, parks and golf courses. From the quiet calm of bushwalks and gardens, to the exhilaration of rivers and sea, through to history and culture, the region has something for everyone.
Adrenaline enthusiasts can jet boat through the region’s most identifiable natural icon, the formidable Manawatu Gorge. You can also throw yourself out of aero planes and off bridges, ascend walls and rocks, or descend into caves, saddle up for an overnight horse trek, tackle the terrain in a 4WD (four-wheel drive)...the possibilities go on.
The Tararua District:
The Northern boundary starts at the Historic town of Norsewood, and includes, Dannevirke, Woodville, Pahiatua, Eketahuna and Mount Bruce, which is its Southern boundary. Tararua offers you the experience of real New Zealand. Take advantage of our country accommodation, try an on-farm experience, see shearing, docking, milking, hay-making and musters in action, see untouched coastal beaches, lush mountainous forests, scenic waterfalls, secluded fishing spots. Adventure, heritage and nature are waiting to be discovered in this unique part of New Zealand.
NZstays - Main Centres in Wanganui
Taihape - gumboot capital of New Zealand
Wanganui - main centre for the Wanganui district.
Palmerston North - a university city
Levin - main centre for the Horowhenua District
NZstays - Manawatu/Wanganui Region
Palmerston North is a sizeable city kept lively by a large population of university students. Enjoy the museums, restaurants and rose gardens.
Pause in the town of Bulls to check out the cafes, pubs, antique shops & humorous bull signs (look for ‘Relieve-a-bull’ if you’re after the toilet).
An important service centre for the Tararua region, Dannevirke is a pleasant country town with a strong Scandinavian heritage.
Try to visit Feilding on a Friday, to see the sheep and cattle saleyards in action. Then take a stroll around the restored Edwardian town centre.
Foxton is a town of many museums – learn about the flax industry, trolley buses, movies and sound, Dutch windmills and hand crafted dolls.
Pause in Levin for beach walks and bargains. At Waitarere Beach you can walk to a shipwreck; around town there are factory outlet shops to browse.
If you’re driving past Marton over summer, you’ll want to get lost in the amazing maize maze. Exercise your legs and your brain at the same time!
Pahiatua is a base for brown trout fishing. The nearby Makuri, Mangahao, Mangatainoka, Makakahi and Manawatu Rivers have top class fishing spots.
While travelling around New Zealand you might hear our native owls calling “morepork” at night, but in Shannon you can actually see some.
Every year Taihape celebrates the humble gumboot with a festival that includes a gumboot throwing event. Definitely something to write home about!
The city of Wanganui sits at the Tasman Sea end of the wild and wonderful Whanganui River. Discover heritage buildings, a paddle steamer and much more.