Driving the Whanganui River Road

The Whanganui River was first settled by Maori, this map shows the numerous marae and former pa sites (fortified villages). One of the most striking features of the *79km Whanganui River Road is the number of meeting houses you see along the river. There is protocol surrounding a marae visit so it’s respectful not to enter without an invitation.

Looking down over Whanganui River Road from Aramoana Summit (17km from Wanganui)

Looking down over Whanganui River Road from Aramoana Summit (17km from Wanganui)

Maranganui meeting house, one of the first meeting houses you will see at the Wanganui end of the road

Maranganui meeting house, one of the first meeting houses you will see at the Wanganui end of the road

We travelled from Wanganui to Pipiriki in the rain which … Read the rest