Whanganui - Manawatu - Taranaki

Whanganui embraces the banks of Te Awa o Whanganui – the Whanganui River - which is integral to understanding the community and especially its importance to local iwi. The Manawatu celebrates its diverse people and landscapes and offers plenty of surprises at every turn. Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge is a must see on your journey. Covered in ancient bush and home to a variety of wildlife, the Gorge is steeped in legend and has many a story to tell. At the heart of Taranaki – both physically and spiritually – stands Maunga (Mount) Taranaki, a 2518m volcanic peak. The mountain has many walking trails, from gentle short walks to epic alpine adventures, while the sparkling surf coast offers beaches and surf breaks. Find out more at whanganuinz.com and manawatunz.co.nz and taranaki.info

Major Centres: 

Palmerston North
New Plymouth


New Plymouth Domestic Airport
Palmerston North Domestic Airport
Whanganui Domestic Airport

Ariari Lodge

+64 6 764 7577

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou kātoa, ngā mihi nui kia koutou, naumai haere mai ki te moana o Rotorangi, ki te wharenui o Ariari. The Ariari Lodge Homestead and Lake View Chalets are designed with relaxation and comfort in mind. Revitalise and re-energise with a relaxing stay. Located in a scenic paradise where the only sound is the call of native birds, Ariari Lodge in Taranaki brings together nature and culture to deliver a luxury New Zealand experience.

Destiny on Fitzherbert Ltd

+64 6 355 0050

Premium accommodation provides the latest in style and comfort. Attention to fine detail will ensure your stay is the ultimate experience in the best of niche accommodation on offer in Palmerston North.  Generous and spacious rooms with a unique design element guarantees you luxurious comfort from the minute you step in.

Lisa Tamati Designer Jewellery

+64 6 769 6375

Lisa Tamati Designer Jewellery offers customers a beautiful selection of unique and precious jewellery influenced by Lisa's Māori heritage and our South Pacific location.  We specialise in paua pearls, paua shell, greenstone and Tahitian pearls.  Visit our store in New Plymouth where we also feature landscape work by leading artist Cyril Tamati, highlighting the beauty of New Zealand.

Native Woodcraft

06 374 8224

5 London Street,

Native Woodcraft is a 100% Kiwi-owned factory in Dannevirke, producing a range of nearly 300 handcrafted gifts and souvenirs since 1984.
Our products range from full-size taiaha (long, wooden weapons) and tewhatewha (long wooden or bone weapons), travel-sized tekoteko (carved figures) and mere (short stone weapons) down to tiki (carved figures) and hei matau (fish hook) keyrings carved from South Island Pine and Paua shell.
For landscaping, we produce Creative Garden Panels in 50 different Kiwiana designs from Pīwakawaka and Kererū to Dolphins and Butterflies.
Our crafts are found in stores throughout Aotearoa.  Click here to view our products .

Nau Mai Tours

+64 22 676 0680


AN EXCLUSIVE, SMALL GROUP TOUR PROVIDER WITH FULL TIME LOCAL GUIDES. See the best of New Plymouth, and the wider Taranaki region with your very own local guide and driver. Our tour guide will take you where coach tours can’t and make sure you see the best bits. We specialise in all things Taranaki and love to share our piece of paradise with our guests. Nau Mai Tours are perfect for couples, families or small groups and can accommodate anywhere from 2-14 people. We have a bespoke tour to suit your travel style which can include activities and transport as well as accommodation. Are you interested in adventure and surfing? Or do you prefer something more laid back like arts and crafts, or culture and heritage? Whatever your interests are, we have them covered with our amazing tours. Each one is tailored to your individual tastes and interests.

Ngati Ruanui Stratford Mountain House

+64 6 765 6100

Ngati Ruanui Stratford Mountain House is set in fabulous bush surrounds inside the Egmont National Park, 15km from the Stratford township in Central Taranaki. The business is a licensed hotel and offers visitors “The Mountain House Experience”. Refurbished to a high standard the hotel has an award winning restaurant and 11 accommodation suites all at  very reasonable rates. Using the Mountain House as a base there are a variety of walking tracks to explore, a winter skifield, and guided summit tours are also available. Popular tourist attractions in the area include our very own goblin forest, Tawhiti Museum, Possum Factory, park like golf courses, trout fishing and native bird reserves.

Unique Whanganui River Experience

027 554 4426

Unique Whanganui River Experiences offers unique educational and immersive one and multi-day experiences on the Whanganui River. The fully hosted, Māori experiences are guided by trained Awa (river) navigators. Spend up to 16 hours traversing the beautiful Awa in a canoe, while learning about the rich history, kai, and kōrero. Visit the website or call us to learn more.

Whanganui River Adventures

0800 862 743

2522 Pipiriki Raetihi Road,
Pipiriki, Whanganui River

Whanganui River Adventures is a local tourism business owned by locals Ken & Josephine Haworth based in the small river village of Pipiriki on the banks of the Whanganui River. We share stories of the river passed down to us and our local whanau staff, keeping our tours and the service we offer unique and authentic. Our personalised tours are scenic and involve our local history and stories of the river. Experience the river and the surrounding environment by jet boat, canoe, kayak, mountain bike, or walk. We offer a range of accommodation options.

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