A Mid-West Wander: Your Guide to Discovering Taranaki, Whanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu and Horowhenua
23 July 2018
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.
From mountain to sea, with countless museums, gleaming galleries, glorious gardens and epic events in between, Taranaki is a little bit out there. The region was recently judged one of the best in the world to visit by travel experts Lonely Planet.
Voted one of NZ’s Top 10 Destinations in 2016 by Experience OZ and NZ, there is plenty to see and do in Whanganui. A rich history of early Maori and European settlement, the Whanganui River weaves a tapestry of stories around the town and country. Whanganui is home to a combination of authentic arts and heritage and cultural activity not found anywhere else in New Zealand.
While State Highway 1 runs through the heart of Rangitikei, it is the many journeys beyond the main road that make this part of the country memorable. The landscape moves from central plateau to wild west coast, and includes untouched gems including the Mokai Gorge, Papa Cliffs, and Rangitikei River – all offering world class adventure destinations, whether on foot, water, or horseback. Welcoming towns Taihape, Marton and Bulls make Rangitikei the perfect base for a mid-western adventure.
Manawatu is the perfect place for an authentic kiwi experience, offering a playground of adventure and discovery in the heartland of New Zealand. Explore awe-inspiring rural landscapes, scenic touring routes, as well as the indulgences and conveniences of Palmerston North city with its excellent museums, arts, culture and fantastic cafés at your fingertips.
Whether you’re into succulent fresh produce and inspired cafes, endless coastlines to wander or mountain forests to explore – Horowhenua has it all. Perfectly placed between the major centres of Wellington and Palmerston North, it’s easy to see why Horowhenua has become a tourist destination.
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