A Mid-West Wander: Your Guide to Discovering Taranaki, Whanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu and Horowhenua
Traversed by stunningly-scenic touring routes, the mid-western region of the North Island is filled with adventure and destined for discovery. From the expansive beaches of Horowhenua to the dynamic heartland of Manawatu, the rich creative fabric of Whanganui to Taranaki’s mountain to sea landscape, there’s much to explore.
When you’re heading out of Christchurch south along SH1 don’t pass through Ashburton, turn right at the entrance to town, head along Racecourse Road and when you see a sign for Trott’s Garden turn left. Drive down an avenue of towering trees and you’ll find yourself in a horticultural wonderland, a place where you can wander at will and explore a series of superb gardens.
The NZMCA’s 50th Motorhome Friendly town Hokitika, is the gateway to some of the West Coast of the South Island’s most appealing attractions – and home to many of its most off-the-wall events.
The NZMCA’s 49th Motorhome Friendly town, Oamaru, was named New Zealand’s Coolest Town back in 2014 by Lonely Planet.
A very successful start to the NZMCA taking part in the North Canterbury Wine Festival. 21 vans staying three nights and the numbers peaked at 30 on the day of the festival. The weather was superb over the whole weekend especially Sunday being the festival day. Wine maker Scott Berry from Waipara Downs to come and talk with our group on Saturday late afternoon.