Things to do in Whanganui Region

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We Love You New Zealand Magazine

New Zealand is brimming with lesser-known sweet spots. We’ve filled 113 pages with hundreds of ideas of things to see and do around the country in our online travel magazine. Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Must-Do's: Walking Travel Guide

Whether you’re hiking to a mountain summit or strolling through an urban landscape, there are walking options around New Zealand to suit everyone. Read the story . . . 

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Cycling

Must-Do's: Cycling Travel Guide

There are 22 Great Rides on Ngā Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle Trail, covering over 2,600 kilometres of the country. Check out our comprehensive overview of all the best cycle trails available in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Must-Do's: North Island Road Trips Travel Guide

Read or download our full Must-Do's guide to find attractions, activities, experiences and accommodation on your next North Island road trip! Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Must-Do's: Central and Lower North Island Travel Guide

From The Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Eastland, to Waikato, Rotorua, Hawke's Bay and Wellington, our Central and Lower North Island Must-Do's guide includes all the information you need to plan your next road trip. Read the full guide here, for free! Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Nine quirky Kiwi Gems you've never heard of around New Zealand

Discover something new with these nine quirky Kiwi Gems around New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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Kiwi Gems

Get hands-on with molten glass in Whanganui

In Whanganui, you’ll find the only open-access glass studio in New Zealand.   Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Experience historic tunnels and towers in Whanganui

Tunnels and towers are fascinating. Whanganui has both, and even better, they are joined together by a historic elevator. Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Cruise the Whanganui River on a heritage vessel

Take a leisurely trip up the Whanganui River on one of two historic boat cruises – the MV Wairua or New Zealand's only coal-powered paddle steamer, the Waimarie. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Ride from the mountains to the sea

Beginning on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu and winding for 231km to the wild west coast at Whanganui, the Mountains to Sea Cycle trail is one of the North Island’s most dramatic rides.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Fish n' chips and L&P on the beach

From Ahipara to Ahuriri; Mangonui to the Mount; Paihia to Piha – New Zealand is spoilt for spots to enjoy fish and chips by the sea.  Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors

Paloma Gardens: landscapes like no other

Take a botanical trip around the world at Paloma Gardens in Whanganui.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Take a journey on the Whanganui River

The river – Te Awa o Whanganui – forms the heart and history of Whanganui.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Four fun things to do in Whanganui

Tunnels and towers have a special fascination, and Whanganui has both. Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors

The Bridge to Nowhere, Whanganui

When the road disappeared in the bush, grasses and lichens colonised the span and the deck of the bridge – the grandest in a tramping track you’ll ever see. Read the story . . . 

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