The Whanganui River, North Island, New Zealand

Whanganui River, North Island, New Zealand. I spent four days canoeing on this river. It was absolutely gorgeous.

Kids at Pipiriki, by James Ingram McDonald in 1921

Maori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand. Contemporary Maori culture has been shaped by the traditions of its rich cultural heritage.

Maori wooden memorial, made from a waka, and carved to mark the grave of Te Mahutu, at Pipiriki, between 1860 & 1890. Wooden memorial known as Nga Rangi-o-Rehua or Te Koanga-o-Rehua. Photograph taken in Piririki by William James Harding, between 1856 and 1886.

Maori wooden memorial, made from a waka, and carved to mark the grave of Te Mahutu, at Pipiriki, between 1860 & 1890. Wooden memorial known as Nga Rangi-o-Rehua or Te Koanga-o-Rehua. Photograph taken in Piririki by William James Harding, between 1856 and 1886.

The wonderful Whanganui Journey, New Zealand. The 145 km river trip from Taumarunui to Pipiriki usually takes 5 days to complete. #nzgreatwalks

The wonderful Whanganui Journey, New Zealand. The 145 km river trip from Taumarunui to Pipiriki usually takes 5 days to complete. Let's do that Alyson

View of the hotel, Pipiriki House, near the Whanganui River

View of the hotel, Pipiriki House, near the Whanganui River

Whanganui River near Pipiriki, New Zealand

Pipiriki is a small village of about 200 people located on the banks of the Whanganui River. This quiet, picturesque settlement is 27 kms from Raetihi and is the gatway to the wilderness reaches of the Whanganui River.

Whanganui River near Pipiriki, New Zealand

Pipiriki is a small village of about 200 people located on the banks of the Whanganui River. This quiet, picturesque settlement is 27 kms from Raetihi and is the gatway to the wilderness reaches of the Whanganui River.

Whanganui River and surrounding countryside at Pipiriki

Whanganui River and surrounding countryside at Pipiriki

’Girl (Maori) Pipiriki, Wanganui’ 1901-1909

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The Drop Scene near Pipiriki on the Whanganui River became known as an iconic beauty spot in the early 20th century. A paddle steamer took tourists up the river to enjoy the ‘Rhine of New Zealand’. The name 'Drop Scene' was given to the view because it looked like a painted theatrical landscape, although there was an existing Māori name, Aratira.

The Drop Scene – Perceptions of the landscape

Pipiriki - Collections Online - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Pipiriki - Collections Online - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Pipiriki House, a hotel in Pipiriki, photographed by Frank J Denton, circa 1900.

Pipiriki House, a hotel in Pipiriki, photographed by Frank J Denton, circa

Pipiriki - Raetihi Road - Collections Online - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Pipiriki - Raetihi Road - Collections Online - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

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