Kai Iwi (Mowhanau) Beach


   

Address: Moana Parade, Kai Iwi, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

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  • Kai Iwi (Mowhanau) Beach is located 19 kilometres northwest of Wanganui and is one of our most popular beaches.  This black iron sand beach is perfect for swimming, and the freshwater streams are great to paddle and wade through. There is also a large kids playground with plenty of activities, including a fantastic flying fox that traverses a stream! Public facilities available are picnic areas, toilets, and changing rooms. On a good summers day you may find the snack truck down by the picnic area and for the explorers there is a sunken fort, climbing rocks and hidden waterfalls further along the beach. A great place to spend the day.

    From Wanganui, head up St Johns Hill and follow Great North Road until you reach Rapanui Road on your left. Follow Rapanui Road for a while until you see Mowhanau Drive and the Welcome signs to the left.


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    Kai Iwi (Mowhanau) Beach is located 19 kilometres northwest of Wanganui and is one of our most popular beaches.  This black iron sand beach is perfect for swimming, and the freshwater streams are great to paddle and wade through. There is also a large kids playground with plenty of activities, including a fantastic flying fox that traverses a stream! Public facilities available are picnic areas, toilets, and changing rooms. On a good summers day you may find the snack truck down by the picnic area and for the explorers there is a sunken fort, climbing rocks and hidden waterfalls further along the beach. A great place to spend the day.

    From Wanganui, head up St Johns Hill and follow Great North Road until you reach Rapanui Road on your left. Follow Rapanui Road for a while until you see Mowhanau Drive and the Welcome signs to the left.


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Mosquito Point


   

Address: 397 Papaiti Road, Papaiti, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

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  • Enjoy a swing on a 15m cable on the Whanganui River. Great place to take the kids for a swim and a relax! Picnic area. On Papaiti Road, 5kms past the Top Ten Holiday Park on your right heading out from Wanganui.


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Mosquito Point


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    Enjoy a swing on a 15m cable on the Whanganui River. Great place to take the kids for a swim and a relax! Picnic area. On Papaiti Road, 5kms past the Top Ten Holiday Park on your right heading out from Wanganui.


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North Mole


   

Address: Morgan Street, Wanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

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  • A great fishing spot at the mouth of the Whanganui River just down from popular Castlecliff Beach!


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North Mole


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    A great fishing spot at the mouth of the Whanganui River just down from popular Castlecliff Beach!


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Durie Hill Elevator


   

Address: Blyth Street / Durie Hill Elevator, Wanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

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  • Located opposite the Whanganui City Bridge at the bottom of Victoria Avenue, the Durie Hill pedestrian tunnel leads to the historic Durie Hill Elevator. Built in 1919, it is the only earthbound elevator in New Zealand. A pedestrian tunnel leads 205 metres inside the hill to the elevator which rises 66 metres.

    Two viewpoints are located at the top, one (the orange tower) above the elevator's machinery room and the other on the nearby War Memorial Tower. 

    A walkway beside the elevator tower offers an alternative route descending 191 steps to the City Bridge.

    The elevator is open Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 6.00pm, Saturday to Sunday, 10.00am to 5.00pm, closed Christmas Day.


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Durie Hill Elevator


Address: Durie Hill, Wanganui

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    Located opposite the Whanganui City Bridge at the bottom of Victoria Avenue, the Durie Hill pedestrian tunnel leads to the historic Durie Hill Elevator. Built in 1919, it is the only earthbound elevator in New Zealand. A pedestrian tunnel leads 205 metres inside the hill to the elevator which rises 66 metres.

    Two viewpoints are located at the top, one (the orange tower) above the elevator's machinery room and the other on the nearby War Memorial Tower. 

    A walkway beside the elevator tower offers an alternative route descending 191 steps to the City Bridge.

    The elevator is open Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 6.00pm, Saturday to Sunday, 10.00am to 5.00pm, closed Christmas Day.


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Virginia Lake


   

Address: Virginia Lake Reserve, Saint Johns Hill, Wanganui

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  • Virginia Lake has long been one of Wanganuis top scenic attractions. Allow for a quiet walk through gracious trees, with the water alive with birds. Check out the aviary or take a stroll at dusk when the fountain lights up and the multi-coloured light beams highlight the trees.

    Virginia lake is also the home of the Winter Gardens, an Art Deco façade concealing a conservatory and three outdoor display areas in the walled garden. Admire the beautiful array of exotic flowering plants and vines, free for visitors to discover.


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Virginia Lake


Address: Great North Road, St Johns Hill, Wanganui

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    Virginia Lake has long been one of Wanganuis top scenic attractions. Allow for a quiet walk through gracious trees, with the water alive with birds. Check out the aviary or take a stroll at dusk when the fountain lights up and the multi-coloured light beams highlight the trees.

    Virginia lake is also the home of the Winter Gardens, an Art Deco façade concealing a conservatory and three outdoor display areas in the walled garden. Admire the beautiful array of exotic flowering plants and vines, free for visitors to discover.


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Hylton Park


   

Address: Hylton Park, Aramoho, Wanganui 4500

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  • Approximately 10km of great mountain biking tracks, as well as pleasant walking trails. Enjoy all year round!


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Hylton Park


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    Approximately 10km of great mountain biking tracks, as well as pleasant walking trails. Enjoy all year round!


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Old Cemetery Heritage Walks


   

Address: 11 Heads Road, Wanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

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  • Old Cemetery Heritage Walk. Heads Road Cemetery. One of the oldest European cemeteries in New Zealand, the first burial recorded here was in November 1843. A brochure (available from the i-SITE) provides information on many significant people and events in Wanganuis history.


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Old Cemetery Heritage Walks


Address: 11 Heads Road, Wanganui

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    Old Cemetery Heritage Walk. Heads Road Cemetery. One of the oldest European cemeteries in New Zealand, the first burial recorded here was in November 1843. A brochure (available from the i-SITE) provides information on many significant people and events in Wanganuis history.


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South Mole


   

Address: Airport Road, Wanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

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  • A good surfcasting fishing spot and secret spot to explore up along South Beach!


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South Mole


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    A good surfcasting fishing spot and secret spot to explore up along South Beach!


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