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Whanganui National Park

Paddle the Whanganui River; hiking too.

Whanganui River - Whanganui Journey

Based around the Whanganui River (which legally became a recognised person in 2017 and is not actually part of the park), Whanganui National Park is better known for its paddling than its hiking. At 290km in length from Mt Tongariro to the Tasman Sea, it’s the longest navigable river in the country.

Keen paddlers should check out Whanganui Journey and the Whanganui Journey Guide for all there is to know for a 3-day (88km) or 5-day (145km) paddle down the river. Whanganui River Canoes hire out canoes and run guided trips.

The Bridge to Nowhere Walk is a popular, easy 3km return walking track to an abandoned bridge in the heart of the park.

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Whanganui National Park

National Parks

Taranaki, Whanganui & Manawatū

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Department of Conservation