9 days in Manawatu-Wanganui Region Itinerary

9 days in Manawatu-Wanganui Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Manawatu-Wanganui Region travel planner

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Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
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Whanganui
— 3 nights
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Taumarunui
— 1 night
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Tongariro National Park

— 4 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 18th (Sat), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk, explore the activities along Tama Lakes, and contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park day trip app.

Auckland to Tongariro National Park is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Whanganui.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
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Whanganui

— 3 nights
Explore Whanganui's surroundings by going to Palmerston North (Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science & Heritage & Victoria Esplanade Gardens).

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Whanganui trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Whanganui takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Whanganui are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Taumarunui.

Things to do in Whanganui

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trip

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Taumarunui

— 1 night
Taumarunui is a small town in the King Country of the central North Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Lauren's Lavender Farm and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Taumarunui travel planner.

You can drive from Whanganui to Taumarunui in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Taumarunui

Tours · Outdoors
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Manawatu-Wanganui Region travel guide

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Hiking Trails · Gardens · Bodies of Water
Step out into heartland of New Zealand and enjoy an authentic Kiwi holiday in Manawatu-Wanganui Region. Containing areas of ecological significance, including the World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park, and stunning ravines, coastline, hills, and rivers, the region inspires a great love for conservation, wildlife, and the outdoors in its inhabitants. Soak it all in on foot or wheels, and then sit down to enjoy the fruits of this agricultural powerhouse in one of the many towns.