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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Palmerston North 7

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Te Manawa

  • Museum/Gallery

This distinctive complex is divided into three sections that weave together the region's art, science, and history, including natural...

Virginia Lake

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

Winter or summer, the formal gardens of Virginia Lake are a delight by day, and, at night, the trees and fountain are softly illuminated.

Waimarie and Whanganui Riverboat Centre

  • Local Interest–Sight

For a taste of the old days on the river, catch a ride on the Waimarie , a vintage coal-fired paddle steamer. A two-hour cruise takes...


  • Tour–Sight

Rescued from the muddy riverbed and restored to first-class order, the Wairua plied the river's remote middle reaches in the early...

Waitomo Glowworm Cave

  • Cave

The most "genteel" of all the cave tours leads through the Waitomo Glowworm Cave, which was first officially explored in 1887 by local...

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre

  • Cave

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

Waitomo Walkway

  • Trail/Path

Passing through forests and impressive limestone outcrops, the 5-km (3-mile) Waitomo Walkway—which begins across the road from the...

Whanganui National Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Flowing through the heart of this national park, the Whanganui River begins its journey high on the mountains of Tongariro National Park...

Whanganui Regional Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

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

Whanganui River Road

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

Visitors without the time or inclination to travel by kayak or jet-boat can explore the river's lower reaches by following the Whanganui...


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