Getting Here and Around in The Whanganui River and Whanganui National Park

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Getting Here and Around

Whanganui National Park, through which the Whanganui River flows for most of its journey, is located in the hinterland of the central North Island. The closest centers and access points are the township of Taumarunui, to the north, and Wanganui city in the south.

Taumarunui sits on State Highway 4. There are daily Intercity bus services from Auckland and Wellington. The Overlander Auckland-Wellington train runs daily through Taumarunui in summer and Friday-Sunday in winter (Easter to end of September).

Traditional entry points for a Whanganui River journey are Taumarunui and the small settlements of Whakahoro and Pipiriki. To reach Whakahoro turn off State Highway 4 at Owhango, just south of Taumarunui. Pipiriki is 27 km (17 mi) from Raetihi (also on State Highway 4) or 79 km (49 mi) from Wanganui, via the Whanganui River Road. Shuttle services for kayakers, hikers, and jet-boat travelers are operated by tourism operators based in the Whanganui/Ruapehu region, including from the towns of Ohakune, National Park, and Taumarunui. In the lower reaches, the Whanganui River Road turns off State Highway 4, 14 km (9 mi) north of Wanganui City, and follows the river through a mix of national park and farmland and past small settlements to Pipiriki.

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