A relatively undiscovered region dominated by its picture-perfect mountain, dramatic coastline, and lush landscape in between, Taranaki is rich in history, culture and adventure.
At the region’s heart is Mount Taranaki which offers more than 200km of walking tracks, a ski field over the winter months and a challenging summit climb in summer. The region has a vivid history or war and peace, which is told through Taranaki's many museums to everything from local history to Elvis Presley, and a vibrant arts and cultural scene which is best experienced through its art galleries and trails.
Taranaki’s landscape is celebrated through festivals of everything from surf to gardens, and it is also home to major sporting and cultural events like AmeriCARna and WOMAD.
Whanganui is a magical place full of friendly smiles and authentic adventures. Not only can you wander amongst what was once described as the "Rhine of New Zealand". Our central city shopping area has been revitalized in keeping with the early style of the city. Retailers in Victoria Avenue and adjacent streets have restored and preserved many of the buildings that reflect Whanganui's rich history.
The heart of city is home to the Whanganui Regional Museum, remarkable Sarjeant Art Gallery, Royal Wanganui Opera House, and Queen's Park where both the Davis Central City and Alexander Heritage and Research Libraries are located, along with Whanganui's own War Memorial Conference & Convention Centre. While in the central area visitors can include a walk around Whanganui's early commercial center and the riverfront boardwalk. Many of the buildings on the route have both architectural interest and fascinating histories.
Flowing from mountains to sea, the Whanganui River cuts through the city and is key to the regions history and existence. Starting at Mt Tongariro, the Whanganui, is among the most scenic in the world and is surrounded by the Whanganui National Park. Take a guided canoe trip to the upper reaches, jet boat ride or a truly unique maritime heritage experience with a cruise aboard New Zealand's last paddle steamer, PS 'Waimarie'.
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