The Whanganui Summer Programme is under way with scores of options for people to explore the wider region and try new experiences.

Bookings can be made at the Whanganui i-SITE Visitors Centre, 31 Taupo Quay, phone 349 0508 or 0800 926 426, 8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday and 9am-4pm weekends and public holidays. The Chronicle will run a daily advice on coming events and trips. The programme runs until January 31.

Whanganui City P & Kainga sites

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Led by Huia Kirk, this new trip is to the p and kainga (village sites) within the city boundary. BYO cuppa. Depart 2pm; return about 4pm. Adult $5, child $3. Bookings at the i-SITE.

Evening Talk: Central America Wanderings

Tuesday, January 5

Ridgway Lythgoe talks about his trip last winter from Chichen Itza, near Cancun in Mexico, overland to Panama City and the Panama Canal. Seven countries, all tropical, corrupt and on the drug smuggling routes from Colombia to the US.

Time: 7.30pm at the Davis Theatre, Whanganui Regional Museum, Watt St. Adult $4, child $2. No booking necessary although numbers are limited to 200 attendees.

Rangitikei Heritage Houses

Wednesday, January 6

We revisit some of our favourite houses in the Rangitikei: Pembroke Vale, Maungaraupi (where we have our BYO picnic lunch in the garden) and Woodleigh Farm, the only Chapman Taylor-designed house in our region. Please note, we do not have access to all of the house interiors.

Depart 10.30am, return 3.30pm. Adult $25, child $18. Numbers limited; bookings essential at the i-SITE.

DIY Kaleidoscope Workshop

Wednesday, January 6

Celebrate summer and light at the Whanganui Regional Museum. Make your own kaleidoscope using recycled materials and decorate it with drawings of cultural and natural history objects from the museum collection. Appropriate for ages 7+.

Meet 1pm at the museum, Watt St. $2 per person. Numbers limited; bookings essential at the i-SITE.

Collections Tour - Natural History

Thursday, January 7

Explore the Whanganui Regional Museum collection stores in a one-hour tour. Head behind the scenes to the natural history collection with the Curator of Natural History, Mike Dickison. Meet 1pm at the museum, Watt St. $5 per person.

Numbers limited; bookings essential at the i-SITE.

Historical Walk: Tour of Duty

Thursday, January 7

Join military historian Kyle Dalton as he explores many of the monuments and memorials to those who have served in the military and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our country.

This two-hour walk is suitable for all ages.

Depart 3pm from Whanganui i-SITE; return 5pm. Adult $4, child $2. Bookings at the i-SITE.