WHANGANUI, RIVER CITY

Code WHANGANUI2020
Duration 5 days 4 nights

Whanganui, one of the country’s oldest cities, is given mellow charm by both the mature gardens and the impressive Whanganui River that sweeps through the valley across which the city spreads.  Upriver from the Town Bridge are riverboats and echoes of the thoroughfare the river once was. This five day tour is a delight full of wonderful sights and experiences.

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 $1,743 Per Person  Includes Coach Transport.  Four nights Accommodation on a Twin Share basis.  Four Dinners, Two Lunches and Four Full Cooked Breakfasts.  Sightseeing (fares and entry fees) as listed above.  Flight Auckland to Palmerston North.  Single Room is + $442.  A deposit of $400 per person is required to secure this booking with the balance of payment due six weeks prior to departure, by Mon 10th Feb 2020. 

SUN 22nd to THU 26th MAR 2020

SUN 22nd to THU 26th MAR 2020

 

Sun, Mon and Tue
Sun, Mon and Tue

After home pick-ups we fly Auckland to Palmerston North.  On arrival, we travel the short distance to Whanganui to begin two and a half days of exploration; the Whanganui River Boat Centre Museum, three-hour River cruise on the Waimarie Paddlesteamer (built in 1900), visit Putiki Church, with its stunning interior, tour the local Quaker Community, wander through Queens Park and the Peter Snell Pavillion, home of the grass track where Peter Snell broke the four minute mile in 1962.  Spend time at the Whanganui Regional Museum and the beautiful domed Sergeants Art Gallery.  See the Fireball and Watch Tower (a lookout that was manned to spot fires in the city), the Royal Whanganui Opera House (built in 1899) and Moutoa Gardens (controversial 1995 Maori occupation).  Whanganui is well known for its Glass Art.  Enjoy a glass blowing demonstration by a master craftsman at NZ Glassworks and then wander the Virginia Lake Winter Gardens.  Ride the fantastic Durie Hill Elevator (built in 1919 and only one of two earthbound elevators in the world) for magnificent views over the city from the lift’s machinery room and the 33.5m Memorial Tower.  See just how much driftwood is in the one place at Castlecliff Beach (great surf too).  Meet Jack who makes incredible sculptures from the driftwood.  Our hotel and home for three nights, the Quality Inn Collegiate, is right next door to Whanganui Collegiate School where Prince Edward was a House Tutor in 1982.

Wednesday & Thursday
Wednesday & Thursday

Wednesday: We depart Whanganui following the old scenic Whanganui River Road, which hugs the river all the way to Pipiriki, for the start of an all-day Whanganui River Jet Boat adventure (including the walk to ‘The Bridge to Nowhere’ and lunch at John Coull Hut).  This includes all the must-see’s on the river – the world famous Drop Scene, the Dress Circle, Sulphur Springs, stops at the Mangaio Gorge and the Mangonui-O-Te-Au River.  Also see the ancient pegs used by the river boat crew to help negotiate the treacherous Ngaporo Rapids.   Then we do something completely different - only recently have you been able to, once again, navigate the river right up to Taumarunui, as the Hatricks did in old Whanganui River Boat Steamers – overnight Forgotten World Motel, Taumarunui.  Read ‘Landings’ by Jenny Pattrick (Denniston Rose author) to understand the Whanganui River bygone era of river transport.

Thursday: Today we have a lunch stop at Otorohanga and a comfort stop at Mercer en route to Auckland. 

Whanganui, one of the country’s oldest cities, is given mellow charm by both the mature gardens and the impressive Whanganui River that sweeps through the valley across which the city spreads.  Upriver from the Town Bridge are riverboats and echoes of the thoroughfare the river once was.  

Sun, Mon and Tue:  After home pick-ups we fly Auckland to Palmerston North.  On arrival, we travel the short distance to Whanganui to begin two and a half days of exploration; the Whanganui River Boat Centre Museum, three-hour River cruise on the Waimarie Paddlesteamer (built in 1900), visit Putiki Church, with its stunning interior, tour the local Quaker Community, wander through Queens Park and the Peter Snell Pavillion, home of the grass track where Peter Snell broke the four minute mile in 1962.  Spend time at the Whanganui Regional Museum and the beautiful domed Sergeants Art Gallery.  See the Fireball and Watch Tower (a lookout that was manned to spot fires in the city), the Royal Whanganui Opera House (built in 1899) and Moutoa Gardens (controversial 1995 Maori occupation).  Whanganui is well known for its Glass Art.  Enjoy a glass blowing demonstration by a master craftsman at NZ Glassworks and then wander the Virginia Lake Winter Gardens.  Ride the fantastic Durie Hill Elevator (built in 1919 and only one of two earthbound elevators in the world) for magnificent views over the city from the lift’s machinery room and the 33.5m Memorial Tower.  See just how much driftwood is in the one place at Castlecliff Beach (great surf too).  Meet Jack who makes incredible sculptures from the driftwood.  Our hotel and home for three nights, the Quality Inn Collegiate, is right next door to Whanganui Collegiate School where Prince Edward was a House Tutor in 1982.

Wed:  We depart Whanganui following the old scenic Whanganui River Road, which hugs the river all the way to Pipiriki, for the start of an all-day Whanganui River Jet Boat adventure (including the walk to ‘The Bridge to Nowhere’ and lunch at John Coull Hut).  This includes all the must-see’s on the river – the world famous Drop Scene, the Dress Circle, Sulphur Springs, stops at the Mangaio Gorge and the Mangonui-O-Te-Au River.  Also see the ancient pegs used by the river boat crew to help negotiate the treacherous Ngaporo Rapids.   Then we do something completely different - only recently have you been able to, once again, navigate the river right up to Taumarunui, as the Hatricks did in old Whanganui River Boat Steamers – overnight Forgotten World Motel, Taumarunui.  Read ‘Landings’ by Jenny Pattrick (Denniston Rose author) to understand the Whanganui River bygone era of river transport.

Thu:  Today we have a lunch stop at Otorohanga and a comfort stop at Mercer en route to Auckland.

 

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