Heritage and history in Whanganui Region

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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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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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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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Bridge to Nowhere: stunning walking in the Whanganui National Park

Reach the enigmatic Bridge to Nowhere via the Kaiwhakauka Track or navigating the Whanganui River to the Mangapūrua Landing. Read the story . . . 

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Whanganui City: architectural heritage and style

Whanganui is one of New Zealand’s oldest cities. With an eclectic mix of heritage architecture ranging from the early 19th Century through to Art Deco, Whanganui’s main street makes for a scenic setting for an easy stroll to discover the city's roots.  Read the story . . . 

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Whanganui: colourful and creative

From clay to canvas; artworks, artefacts and molten glass, Whanganui is bursting with creative colour.  Read the story . . . 

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Whanganui: following the river

The majestic Whanganui river has an ignominious end where it joins the sea. There is an endless battle of currents; the river wanting out and the ocean wanting in. Read the story . . . 

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Whanganui National Park: the magic river

The Whanganui is New Zealand’s longest navigable river, winding its way from the mountains to the Tasman Sea. You can imagine it would have looked much the same a hundred years ago. Read the story . . . 

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