The Whanganui National Park is home to the enchanting Whanganui River which is the longest navigable water way in New Zealand. The Whanganui National Park features a distinctive landscape of native lowland forest, river valley systems comprising of steep slopes, and sharp ridges. If you are a bird watcher, there is so much to be seen at Whanganui National Park. Here are some of the top things to do while in Whanganui National Park.
Visit the Bridge to Nowhere
The Bridge to Nowhere which was constructed in 1936 is located deep in the Whanganui Forest. There are no roads on either sides of the bridge or signs of civilization or construction. This lonely mute bridge is a 40 minute walk from Pipiriki and can be also be accessed by a jet boat.
Matahiwi Gallery Cafe
The Matahiwi Gallery Cafe is another interesting place to visit while in Whanganui National Park. The structure of the cafe features an old school house with a model steamboat at the front. Get to enjoy scones, gluten-free muffins slices and cakes with a cup of coffee. However, you need to call ahead to be sure they are going to be open when you visit the park.
Kawana Flour Mill
The Kawana Flour Mill is a historical building location of the Whanganui River Road close to Matahiwi. The establishment was constructed in 1854, making it the longest operating and most successful flour meals located on the Whanganui River. This place is a popular tourist attraction in the Whanganui National Park.
Bird Watching and Water sports
The Whanganui National Park for wildlife lovers and adventurous. The park is home to a large variety of birds such as riroriro, native pigeon, fantail, kereru, grey warbler and piwakawaka among others. If you are a water sport enthusiast the Whanganui offers a wide array of activities for you to enjoy.