The Whanganui District was first settled by Maori, who were attracted by the Whanganui River in its sheltered fertile valley with an abundant food supply. Flowing 290 kilometres, the river starts high up on Mt Tongariro in the centre of the North Island, moving down towards Wanganui via Taumarunui before it reaches the beautiful Tasman Sea on the west coast. The area around the mouth of the Whanganui River was a major site of pre-European settlement. When the city of Wellington was established it became an important centre for trade. With the increased number of European settlers arriving in the country, it became a logical site for the establishment of a new town. Around 1840 the New Zealand Company began settlement in the area. By 1860 a population of approximately 2000 had settled in Wanganui.
Whanganui River offers visitors the ability to take a remote and adventurous journey of discovery and understanding. It combines elements of both Maori and early European history with a recreational adventure along its journey to the sea. The rapids offer a variety of challenges, yet the river is still considered suitable for beginners. A river journey by canoe through this remote scenic river valley is one of this country’s most life-changing adventures. Canoe tour operators offer tours of varying lengths, with both guided tours or freedom hire available.
Braemar House is on the banks of the Whanganui River. The House offers both Bed and Breakfast and separate backpacker and hostel accommodations. It is also just a short walk to the City Centre and many Tourist Attractions.
Built in 1895 the historic Braemar House homestead was restored in the late 1990’s and continues its reformation to this present day. Upon entering the generous reception area, you are immediately enfolded in the ambiance of yester-year with high stud, Persian rugs, floor to ceiling drapes and impressive staircase. The Bed and Breakfast side of the complex has it’s own Eight Guest bedroom wing, with numerous bathroom and toilet facilities. Some of the bedrooms have access to the large Verandah, with seating facilities looking out to the fabulous gardens and the River.
A gracious drawing room with piano, library and television is a delight to relax in and inhale the quiet relaxing peace. Adjoining, is the character filled dining room complete with the period range stove and old worlde bric a bac, where both dinner (on prior booking request) and breakfast is served. Tea, and coffee making facilities are available gratis in the dining room also. Off street parking is available for guests and is security lit at night. In the large Garden, sub tropical plants flourish and there is a Bar-b-que and outside furniture for enjoying your own open air dining experience.
Your Host Clive, with assistance from Rob, is both knowledgeable on local interests and tours. They are pleased to assist with any special needs or vacation plans.
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