Popular activities to do in Whanganui National Park
A distinctive landscape of native lowland forest, the land surrounding the Whanganui River is abundant with native New Zealand birdlife, perfect for any keen or budding birdwatchers.
One of the most popular activities to do in Whanganui National Park is the ‘Whanganui Journey’, classed as one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. Although water-based, this 145km kayak or canoe trip through pristine forests takes five days to complete, running from Taumarunui to Pipiriki. Classed as Grade 2, previous paddling knowledge isn’t essential, as most of the rapids drop less than one metre.
There are a number of campsites and DOC huts dotted along the way, accessible by boat only. During the peak season months, from late October to late April, bookings are essential. During off-peak season, backcountry hut passes or hut tickets are required.
Jet boating is another popular activity in this national park, operating from both ends of the river. This is the perfect way to visit the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ - a haunting abandoned historical landmark in the heart of Whanganui National Park.