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Whanganui NP

Whanganui National Park is close by the Cities of Whanganui, Raetihi, Ohakune, Taumarunui and the Taumarunui to Stratford Heritage trail which is often referred to as ‘the forgotten highway’.

There are heaps of excellent walks throughout the region, one of the most popular being the 40-minute bush walk from the Mangapurua Landing to the Bridge to Nowhere, 30km up the stream from Pipiriki.

The Matemateaonga Walkway and the Mangapurua are much longer, and are one-way tracks. They either begin or end on remote parts of the river, and you need to get a jet boat to get out.

Most of the Jet boat operators are based at Ohakune, Raetihi, National Park or Taumarunui. The river ends at

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Tongariro

Tongaririo was New Zealand’s first national park and was given as a gift from the native people. On the 23rd of September 1887, by the deed of gift, Te Heuheu Tukino IV (Horonuku), then the paramount chief of Ngati Tuwharetoa, gave the sacred peaks to the nation. Following this act of generosity, Tongariro National Park was formally gazetted in 1907 and is New Zealand’s first World Heritage Site, and the fourth National Park to be created in the world.

It is a special area, with a lot of cultural history for the New Zealand Maori people. There is much myth and legend accompanying this unique place and the Park has the three active volcanoes, Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro and comprises

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Mount Taranaki

A volcanic cone

The symmetrical cone of the dormant volcano “Mount Taranaki” is a provincial landmark, (formerly Mt Egmont). There are also two smaller surrounding volcanoes of an age ago, Kaitake and Pouaki.

The park comprises 33,534 hectares of forest and was established as a forest reserve in 1881 and a national park in 1900. It comprises all the land in a 9-kilometre radius of the Mount Taranaki summit and some outlying areas to the north.

The legends that go with the territory are as interesting as ever! It is said that Taranaki carved out the bed of the Whanganui River on a tragic flight from its ancestral home to the east.

Mt Taranaki is a very popular tourist destination

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Anadarko Petroleum in NZ

Setting loose an evil giant

Anadarko Petroleum has arrived in New Zealand at the invite on the National Government and it is conducting exploratory programmes in both deep water Taranaki and the Canterbury Basins where they expect to test test drill 2-3 exploratory prospects in late-2013/14.

The video contains all the politically correct spin, yet can we believe this?

One Anadarko’s deep sea wells is named ‘Blind Faith’ which sounds like they are flying on a wing and a prayer which at 1900 metres undermines the spin in the video which is contradicted by the article in OK Energy Today:

“A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the projections, anticipated results or other expectations,

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