Get Inspired / New Zealand Top 5 Things To Do In Wanganui-Manawatu Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / New Zealand Top 5 Things To Do In Wanganui-Manawatu story by: Tom Ricketts Palmerston North and Wanganui are easily the two biggest towns in the Manawatu region between Wellington and Taupo. The regions rugged and rolling terrain is dominated by farming and forestry, and Palmerston North is home to one of New Zealand’s largest universities. There’s regular flights to Wanganui and flights to Palmerston North with Air New Zealand. What’s to do when you get there? Here’s our top five… The Whanganui River New Zealand’s third largest river has a surprisingly long and interesting history that has even been made into a feature film. Maori were of course the first to ply her waters in their waka, followed by European river boats, paddlers, steamers and even British war ships seeking to overcome the Maori high in the headwaters in one of their last strongholds. Today it’s the domain of canoes and speed boats taking tourists to see the rugged beauty of the Whanganui National Park and iconic Bridge to Nowhere, a relic of early settlers and their ambitious attempts to tame the rugged landscape. Te Manawa Palmy is home to Te Manawa, a large complex that houses the city’s museum, art gallery, science centre, and perhaps the most exciting feature, the New Zealand Rugby Museum. Here you can learn our long history of the game and see pieces ranging from the first ever All Blacks jersey to Dan Carters boots. Bulls Unfortget-a-bull? Adore-a-bull? Cringe-a-bull? Small country towns go to all lengths to entice passing motorists to stop and have a look around, but Bulls must take the cake. The town has featured everything is can with a pun of its name... The police station is ‘const-a-bull’, the supermarket has ‘veget-a-bull’ and the medical centre has ‘cure-a-bull’. If that’s not enough, the towns sister city in the UK is named Cowes. Deserted Beaches The South Taranaki Bight stretches roughly from Wanganui to the Kapiti Coast and all along the coast are beautiful, windswept and remote beaches. There’s very few beachside towns and most of those are full of baches so you’ll often have the entire stretch of beach to yourself. Durie Hill Just across the Whanganui River you’ll find the Durie Hill. Carved hundreds of metres into the hill is a tunnel which leads to an elevator almost 100 years old. The elevator then takes you 70 metres up to the top of the hill where you’re treated to awesome views over the town. If you want to go higher, club the adjacent war memorial tower for a real workout! Click here to find cheap New Zealand flights Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Top 5 Things To Do In Auckland Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.