Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

North Island's West Coast Sights

Whanganui National Park

  • 280 Tahunaroa Rd. Map It
  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Updated 02/18/2014

Fodor's Review

Flowing through the heart of this national park, the historic and scenic Whanganui River begins its journey high on the mountains of Tongariro National Park and flows 329 km (204 miles) through steep gorges, forested wilderness, and isolated pockets of farmland. For several hundred years the Te Atihau nui a paparangi tribe of Māori has lived along the riverbanks, and they still regard the river as their spiritual ancestor.

The river's wilderness, its rich culture and history, and its relatively easy navigability are its main draws. Scenic jet-boat trips operate throughout the year from several points along the river. Single and multiday kayak trips, both guided and independent, are extremely popular. Most visitors kayak in summer, but a river trip is feasible any time of year. Two major two- to three-day walks and many shorter walks explore the lowland forest and history of the river. Totaling 317 km (197 miles), the Mountains to Sea—Nga Ara Tuhono Cycle Trail traverses remote forest tracks (challenging for mountain bikes) and roads through Tongariro and Whanganui national parks from Mt. Ruapehu to the river's mouth. It can be ridden in stages.

Sight Information

Address:

280 Tahunaroa Rd., Taranaki, unknown, 4392, New Zealand

Map It

Updated 02/18/2014

Advertisement

Map View

Map of



What's Nearby

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

Advertisement

Love To Travel?

Get FREE e-mail communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

How we use your email

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.