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Right by the banks of the stunning Wanganui River, the town of Wanganui is at the heart of this beautiful region. The river is the ideal starting point for adventurous travellers as it can be explored in various ways, whether on land or water. All around the region is a bounty of spectacular landscapes, from rivers and lakes to mountains and parks, where you can choose to take it easy with a hike and picnic lunch or get the adrenaline pumping with activities such as rock climbing and cave exploring.
The quaint town of Wanganui itself is a history buff and culture lover’s haven, featuring historical buildings through the ages from Victorian and Edwardian architecture, to mid-20th century examples. The town also boasts a thriving arts scene, with galleries and studios dedicated to Maori art and culture. With a multitude of activities to suit all types, it’s no wonder Wanganui is such a popular destination in New Zealand.