5 days in Wanganui
Trip Start Apr 02, 2012
45Trip End Jul 26, 2012
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I had originally planned to stay just 3 nights here but it is very pleasant here so I added 2 extra nights.
I arrived from New Plymouth on Wednesday so Thursday was the first day proper and so far is the only pretty much washed-out day (rainy). I just explored the city centre which is very pretty with a lot of art deco architecture and flowers everywhere. The city lies along side the Whanganui River as does my holiday park so is rather picturesque when it's sunny. Towards the end of the day I strolled around Virginia Lake Reserve with my camera and that was very pleasant and relaxing.
On Friday I drove the 4 hour loop trip along the famous Whanganui River Road which is a great drive along the river, passing through a lot of NZ rural history and old Maori Pa's (settlements) as well as beautiful countryside and a lot of old churches and Maori marae's (meeting house)
On Saturday I visited the city market by the river which was very lively and varied arts and crafts, fruit n veg etc. At 11.00 I took the paddle steamer tour of the river (2 hours), which although sounds very touristy was in fact very enjoyable with an engaging crew and pleasant scenery along the way. The boat is in fact a restored 1910 steamer and is run and crewed by its restorers and enthusiasts. I was even allowed to shovel coal in the boiler room! How coooool!!
I hooked up with a girl called Merril from Leeds on the boat and we spent the rest of the day drinking beer outside a bar with a lovely Tai meal in the evening! Merril is a fellow traveller and has convinced me to stay in hostels and even do some Wwoofing later on (more on that in later blogs)
On Sunday I visited Bushy Park, 30 mins outside Wanganui which is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary/farm. The place is dominated by a Homestead which is an old time house much like a stately home in the UK but much much smaller and much much less stately!
The woodland walk/track I took around the house was marvellous with so many clear views of lovely birds and I was followed by NZ robins who came so close all the time.
So! tomorrow it's onwards and downwards to Wellington where I have booked a youth hostel would you believe! albeit a single private room (what do you take me for!!) for 5 nights. There's lots to do there so my next musings should be feature-packed!
See you then!