Whanganui is a coastal city with plenty of opportunities for adventure. Hire a campervan and get an experience of the “real” New Zealand in this beachy area. Whanganui is well known for its significance to Maori cultures as well as European history. Placed alongside the Whanganui river, there are many chances to explore nature or immerse yourself in modern culture.
What to Do in Whanganui
The Whanganui National Park offers a wealth of exploration and adventure. Find the park in the central North Island between the township of Taumaruni and Wanganui. River trips are a popular activity here, and fishers catch brown and rainbow trout.
The Whanagnui River is New Zealand’s longest navigable river, and there are more than 200 kilometres of it that is accessible by canoe. You may see traditional Maori customs in the tiki huts located alongside the river. See sights such as the historic bridges and chimney stacks.
Other activities include tramping in the forest and hiking. The Atene Skyline Track has a campsite where hikers can stay. It has spectacular views to reward the difficult hike. Another trail to see is the Atene Viewpoint walk, which is easier to navigate.
In the Whanganui National Park, visitors can mountain bike on the Mangapurana/Kaiwhakauka Track. Bring your campervan to a campsite, or park it and hike. You can also stay in a hut and see how the Maori lived.
Ka Iwi Beach
Next, head over to Ka Iwi Beach. It is a safe beach that is fun for the whole family. It has stunning black sands that are patrolled during the summer. There are playgrounds and barbeque grills for visitors to enjoy. Many spend their holidays in summer homes near the beach.
Bason Botanic Gardens
These are the “Garden of Significance” that measures 25 acres. A couple gifted it in the 1960’s, and it features a unique combination of art and plants. Both native and exotic species grow here. They open daily from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, and have picnic areas and walking trails for the whole family.
This area is unmatched for shopping opportunities and beautiful architecture. Visit restaurants and people watch on “main street” Whanganui. There are special events year round, including the trading markets.
Hire a campervan to see all of the amazing things to do in Whanganui. Campervans let you see and do it all in style. Whether you’re an outdoors enthusiast or want to relax in modern culture, there is something for everyone to do.