Whanganui Region

Whanganui ... meaning 'big bay' or ‘big harbour', comes from the great river that flows through it.1 

The Whanganui region lies between the mountains and the sea. Dominating its northern boundary is Mt Ruapehu. To the north-west is the Matemateaonga Range and to the north-east the Kaimanawa Mountains and the Kaweka and Ruahine ranges. Between the mountains and the Tasman Sea are rolling hill country with many razorback ridges, and lowlands along the coast. There are striking views of Mt Ruapehu from the highlands and from the coast, some 100 km awayNumerous streams and rivers dissect and drain the region. The Rangitīkei River marks the area’s boundary in the south-east, and at its heart is the North Island’s second-longest river, the scenic, and historic Whanganui. The river and Mt Ruapehu are seen as sacred ancestors by Whanganui Māori. 2

The mystical 290 km Whanganui River for a memorable trip through a wildly beautiful national park. Paddle up the river, cycle the Mountains to Sea trail, hike the Ātene Skyline Track or the Waitahinga Trails, ski Mt Ruapehu, cast a line off the North Mole, hunt in the lowland forest, water-ski across Lake Wirotoa.4


Stumble across a bizarre bridge in the middle of lush native forest. What's it doing here? Where does it lead? Located deep in the forest, there is no road either side and no signs of construction or civilisation. It is truly the 'Bridge to Nowhere'.3

 For the local Surf Forecast - Surf Seekers Guide - Tourist Advice

 For more info about Whanganui visit Tourism Information

or through Discover Whanganui



Sourced From:

1.  https://www.newzealand.com/int/whanganui/

2, https://teara.govt.nz/en/whanganui-region/page-1

3. https://www.visitwhanganui.nz/whanganui-river/

4. https://discoverwhanganui.nz/living/

5. https://profile.idnz.co.nz/whanganui