Whanganui’s summer program activities include local adventures and trips beyond

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A visit to Kapiti Island is on Whanganui’s summer schedule on January 18th. Photo / David Haxton

Whanganui Summer Program 2022
Vaccine passes are required to participate in summer program trips and to attend conferences. Book on the Whanganui i-SITE or online.
You can book online at www.iticket.co.nz or on i-SITE for most events. For museum discussions, book directly with the Whanganui Regional Museum. No reservations are necessary for evening conferences. Most trips depart from the bus stop in front of the Tram Shed at 29 Taupo Quay, next to the Whanganui i-SITE Visitor Center, with en-route pickups available for some bus trips.

■ Long Beach and Cave Beach (Waverley)
Wednesday January 12. Small walks.
Bring sturdy shoes, a sun hat, sunscreen, and rain gear. BYO lunch and drinks.
Explore two beautiful and interesting beaches at low tide and, if you wish, the small village nearby.
Departure 9 am. Return around 3 p.m.
Adult $ 21 Child $ 9

■ Visit of the museum collection
Wednesday January 12. Wheelchair access.
A tour of collectibles stores to see the treasures that tell the story of Whanganui, led by archivist Sandi Black.
Time 11 am-12pm. Meet in the atrium, Whanganui Regional Museum, Watt Street. Suitable for people aged 15 and over. $ 5 per person.
Book directly with the Museum. Phone. 06 349 1110.

■ Night scouting of Bushy Park Tarapuruhi
Friday January 14. Small walks in the bush.
Bring sturdy shoes, warm clothes, a torch, a cold BYO drink, and a mug.
Discover and enjoy this local sanctuary with mature forest, invertebrates, birds and wetlands. Barbecue provided.
Departure 5:30 p.m. Return around 10:30 p.m.
Adult $ 21 Child $ 11. Family (2A 2Ch) $ 53

■ Remutaka railway path
saturday january 15
Reasonable physical condition required. An 18 km walk in five hours.
Sturdy shoes and rain gear. BYO morning tea, lunch and drinks. Bring torches for the tunnels.
Last visited in 2016, this old railway line on the Remutaka Range is popular for walking and cycling. Graeme Jupp will tell us about the Fell engines, the famous slope and the closure of the line in 1955. The price of the trip includes entry to the Fell Locomotive Museum in Featherston and afternoon tea.
Departure 7am. Return around 8 p.m.
Adult $ 80 Child $ 35

■ Visit to the historic town of Patea
Monday January 17th. A walking tour. Reasonable physical condition required
Sturdy shoes and rain gear. BYO morning tea, lunch and drinks.
Start with morning tea at the Hunter Shaw building near the Waka statue in Patea. Then stroll on Egmont Street with the members of the Patea Historical Society. Lunch at the Aotea Utanganui museum followed by a visit to the museum. Then, direction Patea beach. Walk along the historic River Walkway (approximately 1 km) to York St.
Departure 8:30 am. Return around 5 p.m.
Adult $ 29 Child $ 17

■ Kapiti Island
Wednesday January 18. Climbing fitness essential for the summit.
Sturdy shoes, warm waterproof outerwear, binoculars, walking stick, BYO drinks, lunch, snacks.
The island of Kapiti has an important role in our history and in the restoration of forests and birds. It is a tranquil island bird sanctuary and one of New Zealand’s most accessible nature reserves, providing visitors with a unique experience in a predator-free paradise. Explore the coastline and the forest with bird tours. There is still time (1h30) to climb to the top.
Departure 6.30 am. Return around 6.30 p.m.
Adult $ 130 Child $ 100

■ Evening conference: colorful Guatemala
Tuesday, January 18. Wheelchair access.
Experienced Whanganui guide Bev Stuart talks about Guatemala, a small but vibrant Central American country that we hear little about.
Starts at 7:30 p.m. Davis Theater, Whanganui Regional Museum, Watt Street.
Adult $ 5 Child free. No reservation necessary although the number is limited.

■ Whanganui Collegiate School Museum and historic buildings.
Wednesday January 19. Allow two hours.
First opened on Victoria Ave in 1854, WCS is New Zealand’s third oldest school and the city’s oldest business. Its 168 years of history are exhibited and documented in the school museum. The fully guided tour includes the ‘big school’ and chapel, both enhanced by earthquakes and filled with fascinating history.
Time 4:30 p.m. Follow the signs from the main entrance, Liverpool St.
Adult $ 5 Child $ 2. Register at [email protected] or by SMS 0274 812 324

■ Visit of the museum collection
Wednesday January 19. Wheelchair access.
A tour of the treasures that tell the story of Whanganui, led by Senior Curator Libby Sharpe.
Time 11 am-12pm. Meet in the atrium, Whanganui Regional Museum. Suitable for people aged 15 and over. $ 5 per person.
Book directly with the Museum. Phone. 06 349 1110.

■ Bridge to nowhere
Thursday January 20. Reasonable physical condition required.
Wear sturdy shoes, bring rain gear and a jacket for the river trip.
BYO lunch and day pack. Hot drinks at lunch provided
Bus to Pipiriki, followed by a 32 km jet boat ride and a 3 km bush walk. The Bridge to Nowhere is a poignant monument to 71 returning soldiers who farmed here after WWI.
Departure 8 am. Return around 5:30 p.m.
Adult $ 160 Child $ 120

■ Visit of the museum gallery
Thursday January 20. Wheelchair access.
A gallery tour led by program host Lisa Reweti, telling the story of Whanganui through 10 objects.
Time 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Meet in the atrium, Whanganui Regional Museum, Watt Street. Suitable for people aged 15 and over.
$ 5 per person.
Book directly with the Museum. Phone. 06 349 1110.

■ Road to Springvale
Friday January 21. Small walks.
BYO morning tea, lunch, snacks, drinks and, if desired, a labeled folding chair for use at lunch.
Visit the high country sheep station area of ​​the central North Island. We travel on the distant road from Taihape to Napier. Enjoy late morning tea with the locals of Moawhango at their former general store, now a club. Lunch at the historic Springvale wooden suspension bridge. We then meet the manager of Erewhon, the largest sheep station on the North Island, in the grounds of the farm.
Departure 8 am. Return around 6 p.m.
Adult $ 48 Child $ 30

■ Evening: Tall Timber and Tall Stories
Tuesday January 25. Wheelchair access.
In 1982, Paul Mahoney began his heritage career with three years based in Hokitika developing heritage projects on the West Coast. Some old bush tram lines had to be converted into walking tracks. Paul interviewed 70 elders in their homes. The best of these West Coast stories and photographs are brought together in this lecture.
Departure 7:30 p.m. Location Davis Theater, Whanganui Regional Museum, Watt St.
Adult $ 5 Child free. No reservation necessary although the number is limited.

■ Visit of the museum collection
Wednesday January 26. Wheelchair access.
A tour of collectibles stores to see the treasures that tell the story of Whanganui, led by collection manager Trish Nugent-Lyne.
Time 11 am-12pm. Meet in the atrium, Whanganui Regional Museum. Suitable for people aged 15 and over. $ 5 per person.
Book directly with the Museum. Phone. 06 349 1110.

■ Ohakune old bus route
Wednesday January 26.
Reasonable physical condition required. A 14 km walk in four hours.
Sturdy shoes, rain gear and BYO lunch, snacks and drinks.
New Zealanders got excited in 1905 at the prospect of a train trip from Auckland to Wellington. This allowed the overland journey to begin two years before the rails were joined. When trains started in 1908, the route was abandoned. It became overgrown and forgotten until its resurrection in 2008 as a bicycle and walking path.
Departure 8 am. Return around 5:30 p.m.
Adult $ 29 Child $ 19

■ Highway of the Forgotten World
Thursday January 27. Small walks only.
Sturdy shoes and rain gear. BYO morning tea and lunch or this can be purchased at Lauren’s Lavender Farm & Cafe.
We go to Taumarunui and travel the entire Forgotten World Route to Stratford, including the beautiful rugged, bush-covered Tangarakau Gorge. It will be time to explore Whangamomona.
Departure 7am. Return around 8 p.m.
Adult $ 59 Child $ 25

■ Rangitikei heritage houses
Friday January 28. Walks in the gardens only.
BYO lunch, snacks and drinks. Boiling water and milk provided.
Rangitikei is home to stunning heritage houses dating back to the early days of the big farms. Our guide is Rangitikei historian John Vickers. The houses are Pukemarama, Greenaway and Woodleigh. We will see home interiors with historical backgrounds provided by John and the owners.
Departure 9:30 am. Return around 4.30 p.m.
Adult $ 57 Child $ 36

■ Pukaha Wildlife Center / Mt. Bruce
Saturday January 29. A few steps.
Saturday shoes. BYO food and drink. Comfort stop and morning tea in Eketahuna. The wildlife center has a cafe.
A day for the birds at the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Center, a captive breeding sanctuary for some of our most endangered birds. Located in a pocket of ancient forest, we should see kaka, hihi, kereru, takahe, korimako and others. Also tuatara and eels. On the way back, visit the Middleton Model Railway, one of New Zealand’s largest.
Departure 8 am. Return around 6 p.m.
Adult $ 45 Child $ 20. The miniature train is included in the price.
Note that the entrance to Pukaha is not included in the price which is: Free members, Gold card $ 18.50, adult $ 22, child 5-14 years old $ 7.

■ Hipango Park
Sunday January 30. Short but steep walk from the pier.
BYO lunch, snacks and drinks.
A trip on the Wairua motorboat to Hipango Park is popular due to the charm of the river ride and the ambience of this park surrounded by bush. Tables are available for lunch, otherwise bring rugs to sit on and a jacket for the river ride.
Departure at 10 am from the MV Wairua pontoon in front of the Pakaitore / Moutoa gardens. Return around 4.30 p.m.
Adult $ 65. Child (5-15) $ 25. Free for children under five. Family – 2 adults, 2 children $ 155.
Passengers must arrive no later than 9.45 a.m.

■ Rotokare and Tawhiti Museum
Monday January 31. Flat walk.
Sturdy shoes and rain gear. Morning tea and BYO lunch or lunch at the Tawhiti Museum Cafe.
First, a 4km walk of about two hours around Rotokare, a scenic lake near Eltham, with a predator-proof fence and great bird life. We then move on to the famous Tawhiti Museum in Hawera.
Departure 7:30 am. Return around 5:30 p.m.
Adult $ 39 Child $ 18
Note that admission to the museum is not included in the price of the trip, which is: Museum, adult $ 15, child 5-15 years old $ 5; Merchants and whalers, adult $ 15, child $ 5; Bush railroad, adult $ 6, child $ 3.

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