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The Wanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu, Horowhenua and Tararua districts are bound together by magnificent rivers, forested ranges, deep gorges and long stretches of wild surf beach. There is a strong emphasis on rural lifestyle in this region, as well as an exciting choice of outdoor adventures.
Whether you explore by canoe, kayak or jetboat, the Whanganui River is endlessly fascinating. It's the longest navigable waterway in New Zealand - stretching 290 kilometres from Mount Tongariro to the historic city of Wanganui, which has established itself as a centre of excellence for the fine arts. View Example Travel Itineraries.
Every river has its specialities. The Whanganui offers canoe and kayak safaris; the Rangitikei provides thrills with bungy jumping and rafting; the Manawatu has jetboating and kayaking in the gorge.
Mountains and Valleys
The Whanganui National Park's rugged valleys provide wonderful outdoor experiences infused with a rich Maori and European history of settlement. In the Tararua and Ruahine ranges, hiking trails take you far and wide.
The region is a major agricultural power, leading in beef, sheep and deer production. Farmstays allow visitors to experience life on a New Zealand farm, not to mention some excellent country cooking.
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