Discover the river
Whanganui river isn't just the crown of Wanganui - it is also an important piece in New Zealand's history. Explore for yourself the historical importance of Wanganui river and the unique stories it has to tell. The Whanganui River has deep spiritual, cultural and historical significance to Whanganui Iwi, who are the Tangata Whenua.
The upper reaches of the river are cloaked in dense rainforest. The middle reaches have deeply incised gorges, where tree ferns and rare native plants cling to the steep riverbanks. This dramatic landscape opens out into the lower reaches of the river to follow rolling farmland and open valleys to the coastal dunes and cliffs which border the Tasman Sea to the west.
Experience a remote and adventurous journey of discovery and understanding offered by Whanganui River. It combines elements of both Maori and early European history with modern day recreational adventure along its diverse 290km journey to the sea and is a special attraction for canoeists and cyclists.
Unique Activities on Wanganui River
There are a variety of trips on or by the river which we will be happy to help you organise. The river offers limitless opportunities, whether you want to spend five days experiencing the solitude of the river, an isolated drive, a jetboat through rapids or a walk to the Bridge to Nowhere.