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Whanganui - Manawatu

Things to do in Whanganui - Manawatu

The region of Whanganui Manawatu is in the lower half of the North Island of New Zealand.  With a population of over 250,000 its main cities are Palmerston North (81,000) & Whanganui (43,00).  

Defined by two river catchments, the Whanganui river is the longest navigable river in New Zealand and extremely important to early Maori.  The Manawatu river runs across the region through Palmerston North and across the southern part of the North Island.

Home to the Tongariro National Park, its the largest park in the region and the oldest national park in the country.  Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe are the three main volcanoes that make up the nucleus of the national park which is now a world heritage area.

The best ski fields on the North Island are around Mount Ruapehu and Tongariro is most famous for its multi day hikes over the Tongariro crossing.

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