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“A long road!”
Review of Whanganui River

Whanganui River
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Half-Day Whanganui Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #3 of 31 things to do in Whanganui
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Reviewed 1 May 2016

This review covers the Wanganui River Road that is accessed from State Highway 4, about 14 kilometres northeast of the city. Once you are on the road it winds alongside the river. Initially, you climb a long hill and are rewarded with a great view at the top, along the gorge. From then on it's a very winding route which, to be honest, gets a little tiresome but is very picturesque. Probably, it's more rewarding to take one of the kayak trips up the river itself.
There's a very beautiful marae at Ranana. At Jerusalem (Hiruharama) you can stop to visit St Joseph's church and the convent. There's also a little shop serving ice creams, chips (crisps) and the like - you are served through the window by a cheerful local. It's almost bizarre to come across this after such a long drive along this unpopulated route.
Another 10km north of Jerusalem and you reach Pipiriki where the road heads east to Raetihi. At this point (Pipiriki) the road ends and, if you want to continue to follow the river, you'll need a boat! There's access here to the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge, Jetboat and other adventures.

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Reviewed 25 April 2016

this river has some nice parks along its foreshore a good river for boating and just a nice place to relax

Thank Kenny R
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Reviewed 24 April 2016

The Wanganui River has several attractions and the best we have found is the Paddle Steamer. Which we will do again and take the children.

Thank cw1Perth
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Reviewed 18 April 2016

The river is known by Kiwis as the only river in NZ that flows upside down. Other people have told you about the different things you can do ON the river, but what about beside it? If you go to the southern end of Victoria Ave and turn right, you will be able to keep your eyes open for some interesting art alongside the river. Well worth stopping and taking some photos. You will see the pencils nearer the next bridge (which you will cross if you are heading up the middle of the island).

Thank Sandra R
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Reviewed 16 April 2016

A road trip along the banks of the Wanganui river will lead you back into history with many places of interest along the way. It's well worth the effort of stopping off at each of these points to gather facts and take in the wonders of the scenery before your eyes. The road is winding and narrow in places with many washouts, however these are being fixed with work crews in many places. The river winds through the hillsides, meanders over wide gravel beds and tumbles through many rapids as you follow it back to Pipiriki. Take a picnic lunch, travel slowly and enjoy!

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