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Whanganui is located on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It was the first city to be found in New Zealand and had the longest navigable waterway. Whanganui means 'big harbour' or 'big bay'. Whanganui is spotted with parks; pack a picnic, grab the family, bring extra seeds for latent bird friends, and enjoy a day out exploring Whanganui. Grab your favourite plants, food, art, threads and crafts on Saturday at Traders Markets downtown the river Whanganui. Travellers can visit the giant trees and animals of the local forests. Meet some great glass artists and explore glass artwork galleries at New Zealand Glassworks. Visitors can also attend the class of glasswork to learn glass art. Prominent heritage architecture, Royal Whanganui Opera House, and Sarjeant Art Gallery are the main attraction of the central city of Whanganui. Have historical knowledge of the magnificent collection of Maori Treasure and Lindauer portraits at the regional museum. Travellers visit National Park and Bridge to Nowhere via Pipiriki town. The 290km-long Whanganui watercourse activates a pleasant paddling journey. Taumarunui is that the start line for many canoes or kayak safaris; with easy-to-access huts and campsites dotted on the riverbanks. Jet-boating is in a different way to get pleasure from this park. From Pipiriki you'll journey up the watercourse to the Bridge To obscurity, that is all that is still of Mangapurua, Associate in Nursing isolated settlement that was abandoned in 1942. Associate in Nursing remote lodge in Tieke Marae could be a particular highlight. Pass by native Maori; the marae could be a probability to envision native customs in action. You'll notice the Bridge to obscurity by catching a jet boat from either Pipiriki or Whakahoro.


South Taranaki Bight, close to the mouth of the Whanganui River


November 26th to April 1st


Picnic in the park, enjoy views of the city from up high. New Zealand Glassworks creativity, ramble through the market, visit giant trees and forest, biking, jet boating, spend your day at the beach, hunting, walking through long walkways


Virginia Lake, Kowhai Park, Durie Hill War Memorial Tower, Bushy Park Wildlife Sanctuary, New Zealand Glassworks, Traders Markets, South Beach, Kai Iwi Beach, Castlecliff – Whanganui, Pipiriki, Heritage Walks, Whanganui National Park, Bridge to Nowhere