locals clearly take a pride in their city with the central area
being given an aesthetic boost with many of its old buildings getting
new life in recent years.
are very good restaurants in the central city and the Stellar, just
off the river, can be given a big thumbs up.
is styled in a semi-industrial fashion and the meals are both filling
and excellent tasting. You'll find places with very different vibes,
places where you can sit and play poker
while you eat and then others that are more formal.
your taste there will be something in Wanganui to take your fancy.
Across the Whanganui River from city centre is an excellent lookout
on Durie Hill.
you can go up the Elevator - a viewing tower that - surprisingly
- does not have a lift. Still the stairs are easy and the views
over the city are very nice.
the Elevator is the War Memorial Tower and from the top of that
you can far beyond the city limits and to the mountains of Mt Taranaki
(Mt Egmont) and the central range giant of Mt Ruapehu.
the lookouts you can see the coal-fired Waimarie paddlesteamer,
an original vessel that takes tourists on excellent river journeys
on the Whanganui.
its berth is the Whanganui Riverboat Centre, which is a museum dedicated
to the rich history of the river as a trading route.
Whanganui River is New Zealand's longest navigable inland waterway.
You will also see the fine parks and gardens including Queens Park.
are suggested walking tours from the visitors' centre and the city's
museum and gallery are ideal places to take time out to wander through.
Regional Museum is one of the top-rated museums out of New Zealand's
main cities and is host to superb Maori collections. One of the
highlights would be the stunning and intricately carved Maori war
is plentiful in Wanganui and this allows travelers to stay overnight
with ease and take in some of the other sights in the area.
countryside around Wanganui is amazing, mixing mountains and steep
valleys in incredibly short spaces of distance.
Whanganui River Road is an excellent way to catch the best of the
scenery and at the end of it - having passed a wonderful old convent
and St Joseph's Church in Jerusalem, where you can stay with the
nuns if you book ahead, the Atene Skyline Walkway and an adventure
Flying Fox - you reach Pipiriki, a once important town for riverboats.
Pipiriki you can look at a land-based riverboat called the Ongarue,
although for safety reasons you can't climb on board her. A museum
at Colonial House covers the fascinating history of the town.
you are heading towards Lake Taupo and the centre of the North Island,
then you may want to consider continuing east from Pipiriki until
you come within viewing distance of the mighty giants of the Central
Plateau - Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngaruahoe and Mt Tongariro.
smallest of these snow-covered sights, Mt Tongariro, is 1967 metres
high, while Ngaruahoe (2291m) and Ruapehu (2797m) are even more
spectacular in good weather.
Highway 47 will take you around the western and northern sides of
the mountains - opposite to the famous Desert
Road of New Zealand.
around Wanganui you can take your pick of adventures to be part
of. Near Makakaho Junction to the north-west of the city there are
four-wheel drive adventures, jetboats and scenic flights.
you like hiking through magnificent landscapes then consider the
Matemateaonga and Mangapurua Tracks. They are four-day ventures
around 40 and 42km long and the Matemateaonga is one of those little
secrets New Zealanders keep to themselves.
who have done it rave about it. Personally, a 20 minute stroll to
a waterfall is fine by me, although the Raukawa Falls can be seen
and photographed from the road!