Rutland Arms Inn

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The Wanganui region is on the lower west coast of the North Island, south of Taranaki and the Taupo and Ruapehu regions.

This area is known for maori culture, heritage, Whanganui National Park and river adventures. The region takes its name from the city of Wanganui, which rests on the banks of the spectacular Whanganui River.

To the east of Wanganui lie the city of Palmerston North, the towns of Feilding, Ashhurst and many rural villages. You'll also find the southern hemisphere's largest wind farm. The dramatic, diverse landscape of the area offers a range of unique experiences. As well as excellent brown trout fly-fishing in the Rangatikei River, there's the chance to see rare and migrating birds at the Manawatu river estuary.

 What's on offer in Wanganui and nearby areas

In the early 1900s, visitors called the Whanganui River the 'Rhine of New Zealand'—it is the longest navigable river in the country, with 239 rapids and stunning bush scenery. There are many ways to explore the Whanganui River—jet boat, kayak, canoe, raft, paddle steamer—or on the end of a fly-fishing rod.

You can also follow the trail to the mysterious 'Bridge to Nowhere', built across the Mangapurua Gorge to give access to an isolated settlement that was finally abandoned in 1942. Now only the 'Bridge to Nowhere' remains.

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Herb garden near Wanganui, Wanganui, New Zealand
Herb Garden Near Wanganui
Wanganui, New Zealand
Photographer: Hiroshi Nameda

Information kindly reproduced from Tourism New Zealand. For more information about our beautiful city please visit the Wanganui I-site Visitor Information Centre on Taupo Quay.