Manawatu / Wanganui

Over the past few years, the small Manawatū township of Foxton has been quietly reinventing itself as arts and heritage destination. MCD senior writer Claire Smith heads back to her hometown and is impressed with the changes.  
Jill Malcolm shares her latest adventures and experiences from the road: this time staying at Kai Iwi Beach Holiday Park near Whanganui
Claire Smith steps back in time to a place of rainforests and abundant birdlife, silver-service Devonshire teas, and 1900s beauty and simplicity
A return visit to Whanganui gives MCD editor Claire Smith much to delight in: parks aplenty, riverside beauty, artworks at every turn – and the best cinnamon scrolls ever