Walking and hiking across the King Country is a popular activity with diverse trails and tracks available. The Te Araroa (https://www.teararoa.org.nz) trail cuts through the Whanganui Regional park but also takes in parts of the Tongariro National Park, travelling from the mountains to the sea. Just like the region was for the first settlers, it is still remote with services not readily available so planning and coordination is imperative for walkers on this section of Te Araroa.
With the alpine terrain in the northern section cutting across Tongariro National Park and between mountains, walkers are rewarded with stunning views to the coast on clear days. Further to the South, the Te Araroa trail crosses Maraekowhai country on the section between (Tongariro) National Park and Mangapurua landing on the Whanganui River. This section covers 89km of mixed terrain and takes 4 days of walking. From the Mangapurua landing, walkers are required to organise river transport such as kayaks or collection as it is a natural dead end. Alternatively, walkers can divert to Whakahoro where access is available via road. South of here, the trail continues from Pipiriki to Whanganui taking 3-4 days walking mostly on roads but taking in the settlements along the Whanganui River. Alternatively, travelling the remaining distance on the river or on bikes is available.