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Whanganui River Road Review

For those without the time or inclination to travel by kayak or jet boat, an excellent option is to explore the river's lower reaches by following the Whanganui River Road from the city of Wanganui. Built in the 1930s to provide access to communities otherwise reliant on the less-frequent riverboat service, the narrow backcountry road runs for 79 km (49 miles) north, as far as Pipiriki. It passes several small villages and historic sites. Be sure to keep left, take it slowly, and keep an eye out for wandering stock.

Updated: 02-18-2014

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