Welcome to Taranaki & Whanganui


Behind the city the stunning Mt Taranaki demands to be photographed, if not visited. The volcanic terrain is responsible for the area’s black-sand beaches, lapped up by surfers and holidaymakers during summer.

Further east the history-rich Whanganui River curls its way through Whanganui National Park down to Whanganui city, a 19th-century river port ageing with grace and embracing its local arts scene. Palmerston North, the Manawatu region's main city, is a students' town courtesy of caffeinated Massey University literati. Beyond the city, the region blends rural grace with yesterday’s pace.


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$130.29 Outdoor Activities

River Valley Stables - Harmony With Horses, Half Day Horsemanship & Trek

At River Valley Stables we train our horses using natural horsemanship techniques.  Natural Horsemanship is about the partnership between horse and human. Our guides have spent time building this connection with the horses and working with them in a way that makes our horses feel good about their work.  Our horses are ridden freestyle, in a halter, so no metal bits in the horse’s mouth. It encourages you to build a connection with your horse.  It is this connection between you and your horse that makes River Valley Stables uniqueWe start with building a trusting relationship between you and your horse. It does not matter if you are new to horses or they have been a part of your life forever. We work with you at the level you need to be working at.Next we take you and your horse, who is now your partner, out into the beautiful countryside of River Valley. Here you will have the opportunity to try everything you learn’t beforehand. You will be riding over the hills, taking in the spectacular scenery, and if you are up for it, cantering through the fields.

$130.29 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

River Valley Rafting - The Awesome Scenic Rafting Adventure. Family Rafting

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: River Valley Adventures, Taihape, Rangitikei District, Manawatu-Wanganui Region, North IslandMeet at River Valley Lodge around 9am. Your guide will give you a quick briefing and kit you out with all your river gear. We aim to get you on the river around 10am.Duration: 1 hourStop At: River Valley Adventures, Taihape, Rangitikei District, Manawatu-Wanganui Region, North IslandSpend the rest of the day floating down the beautiful rangitikei river. There will be gentle grade 1-2 rapids (as well as 2 grade 3 rapids at the start which we usually walk around). The scenery on this section of the river is amazing. Stop by the side of the river for a picnic lunch, and a swim if you are keen.Duration: 5 hoursStop At: River Valley Adventures, Taihape, Rangitikei District, Manawatu-Wanganui Region, North IslandAround 3pm get picked up from Tarata Lodge and driven back to the starting point, River Valley Lodge.Duration: 1 hour

$86.17 Outdoor Activities

One Day Ski and Activity Pass Mt Ruapehu

Visit: Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park, Manawatu-Wanganui Region, North IslandExplore the North Island's largest mountain and ski the volcano!  This all mountain, full day lift pass provides access to all lifts at Mt Ruapehu's two major ski areas - Whakapapa and Turoa.  It's your choice as to where you ski for the day.  Lifts open daily at 9am and close at 4pm.  There are licensed cafes and eateries open all day for you to drop into and relax whilst enjoying a hot drink or bite to eat.  Shuttles operate daily from National Park and Whakapapa Village to Whakapapa ski area and from Ohakune to Turoa.  This pass can also be swapped at any of the Mt Ruapehu customer relations offices for an Activity Pass if you wish to take the day off skiing.

$189.58 Outdoor Activities

3 Day Flexi-Ski Lift Pass Mt Ruapehu

This all mountain, full 3-day lift pass provides access to all lifts at Mt Ruapehu's two major ski areas - Whakapapa and Turoa.  It's your choice as to where you ski for the day.  Flexi Pass does not need to be used on consecutive days, but on any 3 days throughout the 2018 season.  Lifts open daily at 9am and close at 4pm.  Explore the North Island's largest mountain and ski the volcano!  There are licensed cafes and eateries open all day for you to drop into and relax whilst enjoying a hot drink or bite to eat.  Shuttles operate daily from National Park and Whakapapa Village to Whakapapa ski area and from Ohakune to Turoa.

$251.62 Outdoor Activities

5 Day Flexi-Ski Lift Pass Mt Ruapehu

This all mountain, full 5-day lift pass provides access to all lifts at Mt Ruapehu's two major ski areas - Whakapapa and Turoa.  It's your choice as to where you ski for the day.  Flexi Pass does not need to be used on consecutive days but on any 5 days throughout the 2018 season.  Lifts open daily at 9am and close at 4pm.  Explore the North Island's largest mountain and ski the volcano!  There are licensed cafes and eateries open all day for you to drop into and relax whilst enjoying a hot drink or bite to eat.  Shuttles operate daily from National Park and Whakapapa Village to Whakapapa ski area and from Ohakune to Turoa.

$137.19 Outdoor Activities

Learn to Ski Mt Ruapehu

Explore the North Island's largest mountain and ski the volcano!  This all mountain, full day lift pass provides access to all lifts at Mt Ruapehu's two major ski areas - Whakapapa and Turoa.  It's your choice as to where you ski for the day.  Lifts open daily at 9am and close at 4pm.  There are licensed cafes and eateries open all day for you to drop into and relax whilst enjoying a hot drink or bite to eat.  Shuttles operate daily from National Park and Whakapapa Village to Whakapapa ski area and from Ohakune to Turoa.  This full day lift pass enables you to choose from Whakapapa or Turoa.  Package includes Lift Pass, 2 x 1hr 50min lessons and ski/snowboard rental.  Lesson times are at 10am and 1pm (level 1-4). You can grab your lunch in between lessons.