Whanganui River is considered to be one of the most important tributaries in the North Island of New Zealand. With a length than spans 290 kilometres, it is considered to be the country’s third-longest river. Most parts of this massive water-body runs through the national park by the same name. However, it is interesting to note that the flowing waters do not fall as part of the national park.
There are a wide variety of recreational activities that can be engaged in the region around the waterway. A number of hiking trails spanning north to south and west to east cut across the Whanganui. Previously there was an annual raft race that took place along the stream as well as a jet boat race. However, canoeing still continues here and many explorers and adventurous tourists go on canoe rides to explore the historic sites along the river. Kayaking is another popular sport here. There are a number of adventure sports that one can engage in here and many organizations in the region offer safe tours, boat rides and adrenaline pumping outdoor activities for visitors.
The area along the watercourse boasts of a rich heritage and unique historical significance since there is much Maori culture to be explored here. Those planning an adventure holiday to the country to visit this and other such naturally breathtaking sights have a great many New Zealand hotels to choose from. Offering strategically located properties in a variety of key areas across the country, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels NZ offers modern accommodation options as well as a range of New Zealand hotel packages catering for business and leisure travellers alike. These hotels make ideal base from which to explore the country and experience its stunning natural landscapes and fascinating local culture.