North Island's West Coast Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in North Island's West Coast - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Waitomo 9

Palmerston North 6

Wanganui 6

The Whanganui River and Whanganui National Park 5

Cambridge 4

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Stratford 2

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Waitomo Glowworm Cave

  • Cave

This is the most "genteel" of the cave tours. The cave takes the first part of its name from the words wai (water) and tomo (cave),...

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre

  • Cave

Opened in 2010, the striking and sustainable structure has an open design that reflects the drama of the limestone landscape surrounding...

Waitomo Walkway

  • Trail/Path

One of the most interesting short walks in the country is the Waitomo Walkway. The 5-km (3-mile), approximately 2½-hour walk begins...

Waitomo i-SITE Discovery Centre

  • Tour–Sight

Several companies provide an initially confusing range of adventures. Each company has its own booking office and base, but activities...

Whanganui National Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Flowing through the heart of this national park, the historic and scenic Whanganui River begins its journey high on the mountains of...

Whanganui Regional Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

For an overview of the region's history and one of the best collections of Māori treasures in the country, drop into this museum, by...

Whanganui River Adventures

  • Tour–Sight

Ken and Josephine Haworth grew up on the river and now run a Pipiriki-based company with tours to the Bridge to Nowhere as well as shorter...

Whanganui River Road

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

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...

Whanganui River Road Mail Tour

  • Tour–Sight

This early-morning trip, run by Whanganui Tours, goes to Pipiriki and back by midafternoon and includes sightseeing stops and optional...

Whanganui Scenic Experience Jet

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Owned and operated by local farmer Mark Wickham, this outfit offers 1½- to 5-hour tours that can include morning or afternoon tea stops...