New Zealand - Taranaki & Whanganui (Chapter)
This is the Taranakai & Whanganui chapter from Lonely Planet's New Zealand guidebook.
This region offers paradox aplenty. From being one of the wettest spots in New Zealand it frequently tops lists for the most hours of sunshine in the North Island. Home to oil and gas off-shore rigs, it also hosts a glut of black-sand beaches to thrill surfers.
- traverse the Whanganui River Road by car or bike - it's all about the journey, not how fast you get there
- channel your All Blacks-spirit at Palmerston North's New Zealand Rugby Museum
- ride one of the big breaks along Surf Highway 45
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: New Plymouth & around, Mt Taranaki (Egmont National Park) & around, Surf Highway 45, Whanganui, Whanganui National Park, Palmerston North & around, and Manawatu Gorge & around.
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