Whanganui River, Whanganui

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Beautiful year-round, Whanganui River draws visitors with its hiking, fishing, and sightseeing opportunities. Running through North Island from Mount Tongariro to the coast at Whanganui, the river is the nation's third-longest at 190 km (118 mi). Historically, it holds great significance for the native Maori people, figuring prominently in many of their legends. Now, tourists come here during all seasons to witness its natural beauty, hike through its surrounding forests, and fish in its fresh water. With our world travel planner, Whanganui attractions like Whanganui River can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Great river to drive along or stroll along or find places to sit and watch the goings on. Lots of boats up and down, unfortunately we'd hoped to take a trip but there were none on, we guessed its beca...  more »
  • A stroll along the rivers edge is always interesting. Boats, people and houses in the mix. Cruises are available but I haven’t tried these yet.  more »
  • The drive up river road to pipiriki is a great drive with so much scenery to take in. A bit of roadworks. Do stop at Jerusalem and visit the church.  more »
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