Whanganui National Park
The Whanganui River winds its way from the mountains to the Tasman Sea through countless hills and valleys. Lowland forest surrounds the river in its middle and lower reaches - the heart of Whanganui National Park. Located in the central North Island, the park was created to protect the upper reaches of the Whanganui River, with the township of Taumarunui to the north and Wanganui to the south. The small towns of Pipiriki, Ohinepane, and Whakahoro are main gateways to the river itself. The land surrounding the Whanganui River is remote and rugged and full of the melodies of abundant native birdlife. The small neighbouring towns of Ohinepane and Whakahoro provide further access to hiking and canoeing experiences within the park.