Yesterday I went on a trip up the Whanganui River Road which was really interesting. Should you ever be in Wanganui I recommend staying at Tamara Backpackers (24 Somme Pd), Roy also runs Whanganui River Road Tours. The hostel itself is a nice place, quiet, friendly, clean (though they could do with more wash basins outside toilets). No towels though. In the city I can recommend the Cracked Pepper cafe (down on Victoria Ave), the Kebapholic Turkish take-away (Vic Ave), and Thai Villa (Thai food) on Vic Ave as well. That pretty much sums up Wanganui city: It’s Victoria Avenue, plus perhaps Virginia Lake (nice little walk). But a good place for a short stopover.
Having seen a small part of the river now I definitely have to do either the five- or three-day canoe trip next time. And I shall just do the bloody crossing day after day after day until I finally get some good weather. That’s German determinism. Now it’s off to Plimmerton Beach near Wellington (and Kapiti Island on Monday, horray!).