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Whanganui National Park

A rich history threads through the bounty of natural wonders and adventure activities on offer in the largely secluded Whanganui National Park.

The Whanganui National Park is rich in both Maori and European history. Anchored by the mighty Whanganui River, the area boasts a variety of family friendly and adventure fuelled activities to suit everyone. From hiking the single and multi day walks, to riding back in time on the singularly unique Bridge to Nowhere cycle trail, or ticking a bucket list must-do in a Canoe safari down the Whanganui River on NZ 'Great Walk' the Whanganui Journey.

Getting Here

Ruapehu is located in the centre of New Zealand's North Island halfway between Auckland and Wellington - both less than 4 hours drive.

Kiwirail operates scenic rail services between Auckland and Wellington, with stops at National Park Village and Ohakune, and national bus operators offer daily services to the area. Closest airports are Taupo, Whanganui and Palmerston North.

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With its birth as an alpine stream high on Mount Tongariro in the Tongariro National Park, the origin of the Whanganui River gathers waters from both Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Ruapehu, before descending through the Central Volcanic Plateau towards Taumarunui. It collects tributary from over 7382 square kilometers of watershed to eventually turn southward and become the mighty Whanganui River. The longest navigable river in New Zealand, it traverses over 200km of countryside in its winding journey through the Whanganui National Park to eventually meet the Tasman sea.

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    Where to Eat, Drink and Shop

    Find a great cafe, bar or restaurant in Ruapehu.

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    Towns & Villages

    Quaintly unique and each with their own individual charm, the surrounding towns in the region provide access points and stop over refuge for the multitude of nature based and adrenaline fuelled activities.

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    Activity Bookings

    Book your river adventure through one of our recommended operators

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