Surrounding Areas - Wanganui and the Central Plateau

Located just north of the city of Wanganui, Tokomaru Lifestyle manages to combine the relaxing ambience of rural New Zealand isolation with the convenience of being a handy 15 minute drive away from the amenities of the city.

Many of our guests are happy to stay within our extensive private retreat, exploring our labyrinth of private walks and trails by foot, horseback or mountain bike, without setting foot in the outside world for the entire duration of their visit.

For those looking to explore the area further, Tokomaru Lifestyle is ideally placed for visiting a number of local attractions.


Wanganui City

Friendly and welcoming, Wanganui lies just 15 minutes drive from Tokomaru Lifestyle estate and is a popular tourist destination, as well as home to some of New Zealand's best beaches.

Home to a population of around 43,000, Wanganui is just 2.5 hours north of Wellington by road, and attracts many visitors the whole year around, thanks in part to being situated at the base of New Zealand's longest navigable river. Away from the fishing, jet boating and kayaking opportunities, many choose to enjoy the Whanganui River from the decks of the Waimarie, a fully operational paddle steamer restored to her original working condition.

Amongst an array of popular draws, the Durie Hill War Memorial Tower, the Whanganui Regional Museum, New Zealand Glassworks, St Paul's Memorial Church, Kōwhai Park (with its huge children's play area) and the River Trader's Market are just a small sample amongst a sea of cultural, heritage and high energy attractions that makes Wanganui a thriving and fun place to visit.

Tongariro National Park & Mount Ruapehu

Just an hour and a half east of Wanganui City, the Tongariro National Park is an astonishingly beautiful area of rugged wilderness, as well as New Zealand's oldest designated national park.

Whether you choose to hike, bike, raft, kayak, canoe, fish or ski, here the outdoors is very much your playground.
Those keen for a challenge can take the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a 20 kilometre guided or unguided hike through jaw dropping scenery including volcanic peaks and glacially carved craters, while a more relaxed experience can be found fishing the crystal clear, serene waters, with multiple waterways to choose from.

Mount Ruapehu, an active volcano, represents the highest point in the North Island. Crater Lake, an acidic crater near the peak which is famous for its changing colours, is the focal point of most visitor's attention outside of ski season which typically runs throughout winter and often into mid spring, depending on snow fall and temperatures.

For more information on the wealth of activities available in the National Park, check out the website.

Taranaki

As New Zealanders, we're truly for spoilt for choice when it comes to natural, scenic beauty.

You can head West from Wanganui into the district of Taranaki to be greeted by the visually arresting sight of Mount Taranaki, dominating the landscape with its size and classically conical shape.

'Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2017' recently named Taranaki as the second best region to visit in the world, as well as also placing New Zealand in second place for best family adventure destination.

Home to some wild but beautiful beaches, it is nevertheless unsurprising that Mount Taranaki (or Mount Egmont) dominates tourist activities in the region. A true hiker's paradise, Taranaki is an active volcano and as such should be respected accordingly.

Local Iwi regard the sacred mountain as an ancestor or whanau (a Maori term for family), and the mountain has even recently been awarded the legal status of a person by the NZ government.

The 19 kilometre Pouakai Crossing, encompassing waterfalls, towering cliffs and breathtaking views of the lower slopes, has become an increasingly popular alternative to the National Park's Tongariro Crossing.

Taranaki also offers excellent fly-fishing of brown trout, with in excess of 40 trout streams flowing from Mount Taranaki, as well as several densely populated fishing lakes in the region.

New Plymouth

A trip west into Taranaki wouldn't be complete without visiting New Plymouth, a cosmopolitan hub once voted the most liveable city in the world.

New Plymouth's coastal walkway, running around the seawall perimeter of the city, is an enjoyable way to leisurely take in the sights by foot or by bike, while Pukekura Park (a Garden of National Significance right in the heart of the city) boasts one of New Zealand's most impressive botanical gardens, in addition to some 49 hectares of extended gardens, waterfalls, streams, ponds and trails.

During the summer months, visitors flock from throughout New Zealand and beyond to visit Pukekura Park's Festival of Lights - a night-time wonderland of illumination and colour.

Away from its outdoor attractions, New Plymouth holds its annual WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) in mid March each year, and boasts important cultural centres such as Puke Ariki Heritage Museum and the Govett-Brewster Contemporary Art Gallery, home to multi-media artists Len Lye's exhibition.



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