Manawatu and Whanganui, New Zealand’s heartland
With a landscape that sweeps from sea to Tararua Ranges, the Manawatu and Whanganui region is made up of remote forests, lush green hills and tussock beaches. Whanganui and Palmerston North are its larger and better-known cities but it is also home to small and beautiful town of Fielding and Levin. With its rich Maori and European heritage, and welcoming country towns, it is ideal for travellers who want to get off the beaten track and enjoy an authentic New Zealand outdoor experience.
The Bridge to Nowhere was originally built to access a planned settlement in Whanganui National Park, but the location proved so remote, the venture was abandoned and the forest closed in.
The Sarjeant Art Gallery’s architecture is so beautiful, it has the highest possible listing under the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Act that protects the building.
Take a canoe, kayak or jet boat trip along the Whanganui River, into the spectacular Whanganui National Park. The Whanganui Journey is listed as one of the nine “Great Walks” of New Zealand.
Visit the Durie Hill Elevator in Whnganui, New Zealand’s only public underground elevator and one of only two in the world.
Raft the rapids of the mighty Rangitikei River.
- Visit the shipwreck at Waitarere Beach in Levin.