Manawatu/Whanganui region

Matemateaonga Walkway, Whanganui National Park. Photo: Bill Fleury.

Matemateaonga Walkway, Whanganui National Park

Manawatu/Whanganui region map.

The Whanganui River winds its way from the mountains to the Tasman Sea through countless hills and valleys. Lowland forest surrounds the river in its middle and lower reaches - the heart of Whanganui National Park (established in 1986).

Tramping tracks through wild lowland forests and river trips down the mighty Whanganui are popular activities. The area has a unique history and Maori culture is an important part of the park experience.


The park is located in the central North Island with the township of Taumarunui to the north and Whanganui to the south. The small towns of Pipiriki, Ohinepane, and Whakahoro are main gateways to the river itself.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies


Whanganui Office
Phone:      +64 6 349 2100
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