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Address: Whanganui, New Zealand

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Oh My Goodness! Amazingly beautiful - what a stunning drive!

Hats off to the roadworkers who manage to keep this road open during winter! What a treat it was to drive through this National Park with all its twists, turns, breath-taking... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 July 2016
BluesNites
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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

if you like your national parks with paved access routes then you're in for a disappointment with Whanganui NP. Its a true kiwi wilderness that you either have to hike or paddle your way in and out. Very limited driving opportunities other then the river road which is a must

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

Hats off to the roadworkers who manage to keep this road open during winter! What a treat it was to drive through this National Park with all its twists, turns, breath-taking scenery and views! Never a dull moment and a feast for the eyes. Hot tip though - make sure the driver keeps his eyes on the road!!

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

The Whanganui National Park is a vast expanse dominated by the River. We drove from Ohakune along the old river road to Wanganui. What a drive if you take you time and take in the scenery and breathtaking views. Hardly any traffic This road is now suitable for hire cars although some parts require care. There is a lovely coffee... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

So much to see and if you have time the walks and tramps are amazing Again if you have time a trip on the river is not to be missed down by canoe is a trip I will always treasure But if not then the paddle steamer or a jet boat in that order

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

A lovely area and best seen from the river. Hire a kyak or take one of the many jet boat tours. If you get a kyak then it's worth doing some preparation before you go! The area is unstable, the main reason why the bridge to nowhere doesn't go anywhere. But view and wildlife from the river is outstanding. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015

You need to spend at least 3 days here, get a guided tour if possible if you just want to wander , you can get information on huts in the area where you can stay quite cheep

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2015

Whanganui River Road is most likely the most visited attraction in the area, but valleys, small waterfalls, maori 'pa's and other attractions are worth a visit. A nice day to spend a driving day from Whanganui.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2015

My daughter, her partner and I walked the 42 km Matemateaonga track from inland Stratford (Kohi Saddle) to the Whanganui River (Bridge to Nowhere Lodge). This track is mainly through lovely New Zealand bush with plentiful bird life and well appointed huts (4) along the way. While the access to the start point and the transport from the end point... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2015

The Whanganui National Park is a vast expanse dominated by the River (see my reviews of the River and of the Bridge to Nowhere). There are lots of options: hiking, mountain biking, jet boating, canoeing, etc. As another reviewer advises, take your time. Plan a lazy trip from Ohakune to Whanganui down the river. If you can hike, mountain bike,... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2015

As I have said in my review of the Wanganui river, take your time to take in the history & scenery of the area. There are several small accommodation options throughout the park however book them before you enter the park as most of the are has no cell phone coverage at all. Koriniti was a highlight for us.

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