Welcome to Whanganui National Park


Curling 290km from Mt Tongariro to the Tasman Sea, it’s the longest navigable river in New Zealand, and visitors traverse it by canoe, kayak, jetboat, and bike.

The native bush here is thick, podocarp, broad-leaved forest interspersed with ferns. Occasionally you’ll see poplars and other introduced trees along the river, remnants of long-vanished settlements. There are also traces of Māori settlements, with old (fortified village) and kainga (village) sites, and Hauhau niu (war and peace) poles at the convergence of the Whanganui and Ohura Rivers at Maraekowhai.


Top experiences in Whanganui National Park

Travel guides

Starting at $36.39

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Whanganui National Park activities

$245.62 Cultural & Theme Tours

Bridge to Nowhere

After checkin formalities are completed you will board our shuttle for a short 5 minute ride down to Cherry Grove where our jetboat will be waiting.  All aboard and its off skimming through the first set of rapids.  After passing Ohinepani Landing and the Lavender Farm Landing there will be more rapids to be negotiated before continuing  on into the Whanganui National Park.  Enjoy the history shared of early Maori settlements along these banks and spot the landings that were once such a vital lifeline to the early farmers in the area. Stop for morning tea then it's on to Mangaparua Landing where you disembark for a 40 minute stroll on a well defined track, through virgin native bush to the Bridge to Nowhere.  Once there enjoy the tranquility of this isolated area that they tried so hard to break in and farm.  Our guides will share the stories of their endeavors. After trekking back out to the jet boat it's time to find a picnic spot and relax and enjoy your picnic lunch.  There are more stories and sites to see on your way back up the river, arriving back at Cherry Grove in Taumarunui at approximately 4pm.  Our shuttle will be waiting to transport you back to our depot at the Forgotten World Motel.

$480.71 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Heli-Jet Combo Tour to Bridge to Nowhere over Whanganui National Park

A magnificent two part trip flying by helicopter into the heart of the Whanganui National Park and jet boating up the Whanganui River back to your start point in Taumarunui.Departing at 8:00am. You will be driven 50 minutes from our base in Taumarunui to the helicopter departure point near Raetihi.You will then fly into the heart of the Whanganui National Park where you will walk 30 - 45 mins to the Bridge to Nowhere. Here you can sit and relax, have a snack, hear the stories of the Mangapurua Valley and imagine what it must have been like to live in this isolated area as an early pioneer.Then it is a 30 min walk down to the river to board our jet boat.Travelling up stream you’ll pass through the middle reaches of the Whanganui National Park with it's deep gorges masked in native bush,  fern encased banks, caves and waterfalls then into King Country farmland and bush clad hills. Sometimes skimming through the bubbling rapids, sometimes gliding over water as smooth as glass. You'll observe remnants of the days when the river was used by steamboats and as the main means of transport of early settlers. We'll stop and have lunch along the way. Arriving back in Taumarunui approximately 4:00pm. Please allow a little extra time in case lunch has taken longer than anticipated. A picnic by the river can sometimes be a hard place to leave!Child is considered 15 and under.

$4249.15 Active

New Zealand Multisport

Travelling to New Zealand? Don't worry, you won't have to choose between the two islands. With all the activities you can choose from on each island, we'll make sure you make the most of the chance to lose your breath. Across three weeks you can hike, kayak, and cycle across this diverse land. There's also time for boat cruises and local culture, just to be sure you don't miss out on anything.

$1614.15 Active

New Zealand – North Island Multisport

The North Island of New Zealand is blessed with spectacular scenery, ranging from bubbling thermal pools to fast flowing rivers. The best way to see all of this? Get up close and personal. This itinerary includes biking through Karangahake Gorge and hiking the Tongariro Crossing – one of the world's most famous one-day hikes – before jet boats and kayaks provide the transport along the Whanganui River. Mix in some bubbling mud and a traditional hangi dinner, and this is the perfect active introduction to New Zealand.

$5149 Active

New Zealand Multisport

Travelling to New Zealand? Don't worry, you won't have to choose between the two islands. With all the activities available on each island, we'll keep things exciting but also give you some space to catch your breath — you're gonna need it. Across three weeks you can hike, kayak, and cycle across this diverse land. There's also time for boat cruises and local culture, just to be sure you don't miss out on anything.

$1949 Active

New Zealand – North Island Multisport

The North Island of New Zealand is blessed with spectacular scenery, ranging from bubbling thermal pools to fast flowing rivers. The best way to see all of this? Get up close and personal. This itinerary includes biking through Karangahake Gorge and hiking the Tongariro Crossing — one of the world's most famous one-day hikes — before jet boats and kayaks provide the transport along the Whanganui River. Mix in some bubbling mud and a traditional hangi dinner, and this is the perfect active introduction to New Zealand.

Whanganui National Park in detail