Rangitikei Regional Information
Located north of Wellington, the Rangitikei district encompasses a trapezium-shaped block of mainly lush, rural land that includes the towns of Taihape, Bulls, Marton, Hunterville, and Mangaweka. The region takes it's name from the Rangitikei River, one of New Zealand's longest rivers which flows from the Central Plateau south to the South Taranaki Bight at Tangimoana.
Known as a marvellous place to farm, the growing climate and soil lends itself to many different operations. Rangitikei boasts anything from gamebird production to cut flowers, vineyards, asparagus, nuts, culinary and medicinal herbs, as well as meat productions and grain growing.
If you're looking for a truly unique kiwi experience, adventure at your back door or the peace and tranquility of a stunning rural backdrop or river views you'll find it here in the Rangitikei.
The main town in Rangitikei is Marton and many Marton residents enjoy the country lifestyle whilst having relatively easy access to city benefits - Palmerston North and Wanganui are only 35 minutes away.
With State Highway One meandering from top to bottom of this beautiful paradise playground, visitors can easily access and appreciate the majesty of rugged bush-clad ranges, the hill country farm land, and deep river gorges carved by the mighty Rangitikei River.
Enjoy white water rafting, bungy jumping and horse riding. The virgin landscape provides the perfect environment for diverse outdoor activities and unpretentious personal hospitality.
You can find a number of inspiring art galleries to peruse, and throughout this remarkable region is evidence of the legacy of Maori history and colonial settlement.
Rangitikei's climate is temperate and has few extremes compared to many parts of New Zealand. As is to be expected, the prevailing north-westerly airflows affect coastal areas, and offers refreshing sea breezes to cool in summer. Summers are warm with average temperatures in the low 20's. The most settled weather occurs in summer and early autumn.
Main Centres in Rangitikei
There are seven unique main towns in Rangitikei of varying sizes - from north to south these towns are:
- Taihape - gumboot capital
- Mangaweka - for adventurers and art lovers
- Hunterville - home of the Huntaway Festival
- Marton - the heart of the Rangitikei
- Bulls - a town like no udder
- Turakina - the oldest Caledonian settlement in New Zealand
- Ratana - place of the Ratana Church, Ratana Pa
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Rangitikei Region Information
Key information and facts about the Rangitikei region.
Major activities and attractions in the Rangitikei region.