Wanganui RENTAL CARS
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Getting to know Wanganui
Whanganui also spelled Wanganui, is a city in the Manawatū-Whanganui region of New Zealand. The city is located on the west coast of the North Island at the mouth of the Whanganui River, New Zealand's longest navigable waterway. Once New Zealand’s fifth-largest city, Whanganui still features the picture-perfect heritage buildings, world-class museums and established gardens developed over a century ago. Look in any direction and you’ll see a wide river, black sand beaches or rolling green hills with views of Mt Taranaki and Mt Ruapehu on the horizon. Home to hundreds of working artists, Whanganui is buzzing with creative energy. From the hot kiln studio at New Zealand’s only community glass centre to the prestigious New Zealand Opera School, there is no shortage of artistic talent. But the real heart of this place, both physically and spiritually, is the Whanganui River - the longest navigable river in the country and once known as the Rhine of New Zealand. In early times the river was an important transport route for Maori and European settlers.
Places to visit in Wanganui
Whanganui National Park
The Whanganui National Park has a very distinctive landscape of river valley systems with steep slopes, razor-sharp ridges and an almost complete cover of native lowland forest. The park is at the centre of a large sedimentary basin, so the rocks are mostly mudstones - easily sculpted by the river into fascinating shapes. For bird watchers, there is much to be seen. There are large numbers of kereru, piwakawaka, tui, toutouwai, riroriro and miromiro. The beautiful whio is the target of a Department of Conservation recovery plan, and numbers are increasing steadily.
Bason Botanic Gardens
Bason Botanic Gardens in Whanganui has been acclaimed by the New Zealand Gardens Trust as a 'Garden of Regional Significance', so it's definitely worth squeezing into your itinerary. Once part of a farm, the gardens were gifted to Whanganui by Stanley and Blanche Bason in 1996. In spring you'll find a mass of camellias, daffodils, magnolias and flowering cherry trees. In summer, roses and perennials paint the landscape with a rainbow of colours. Walking trails lead around the gardens and the original homestead.
Bushy Park Forest Reserve
Bushy Park Forest Reserve - nearly 100 hectares of native forest eight kilometres from Kai Iwi on the Whanganui to New Plymouth highway. The reserve's hero is 'Ratanui', a rata tree which is estimated to be somewhere between 500 and 1000 years old. With a girth of more than 11 metres and standing 43 metres high, Ratanui is believed to be the largest rata tree in New Zealand. Bushy Park was gifted to the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society in the 1960s. Today it is a predator-free bird sanctuary with a very successful kiwi creche.
Whanganui Glass Art & Galleries
New Zealand Glassworks is a fantastic place to view the work of talented local artists. Visitors can view glass blowing and hot kilns in operation from the viewing platform above the workshop. The Glass Factory NZ and Claudia Borella Glass Design are also both great places to browse locally made glass artwork. Love quirky or traditional handmade jewellery? Look out for locally made jewellery in Whanganui, found in many of the galleries and studios in town. This is the place to buy if you’re after one-off designs and a high quality of workmanship.
With a length of 290 kilometres, the mystical Whanganui River is one of the longest rivers in the country. This magnificent canoe or kayak adventure follows 145 kilometres as it ventures deep into the pristine forests of a vast national park. The journey has been named one of New Zealand's 9 Great Walks, but this 5-day journey involves paddling down the river instead of hiking on land. Drifting with the river through steep-sided canyons, this journey takes you beyond the clutches of modern civilisation.
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