The park is rich in both Maori and European history. Anchored by the mighty Whanganui River, New Zealand's longest navigable river, the area boasts a multitude of family friendly and adventure fuelled activities to suit everyone. From hiking the single and multi day walks, to riding back in time on the singularly unique Bridge to Nowhere cycle trail, or taking a must-do canoe safari down the river. It has a very distinctive landscape of river valley systems with steep slopes, razor-sharp ridges and an almost complete cover of native lowland forest. For bird watchers it's a paradise; from kereru, piwakawaka, tui, toutouwai, riroriro and miromiro to the beautiful blue duck which is the target of a Department of Conservation recovery plan. You could even hope to see kaka and yellow-crowned parakeets and hear the call of the North Island brown kiwi at night.