Off the Beaten Track to... Rangitikei
The Rangitikei region is in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand – its gateway town, Taihape, can be found on State Highway 1. You'll know you are there when you see the giant gumboot – the town's icon. (A gumboot is also known as a Wellington or rubber boot).
The surrounding landscape is marked by deep gorges carved out by the Rangitikei River offering visitors a fantastic environment for exploration, adventure and activity. From gentle walks and golf to high adrenalin river rafting and bungy jumping, there is a lot about this region for the intrepid traveller to discover.
Things to Do
- Mokai Gravity Canyon – for bungy jumping, bridge swings, flying foxes or more gentle chairlift rides...(more)
- River rafting – Whether it's a gentle float for the family, a half day Grade 5 run or multi day wilderness trips, the Rangitikei offers some of the best rafting in New Zealand. A trip is highly recommended...(more)
- Trout fishing – Fish for rainbow and brown trout on the internationally famous Rangitikei River, as well as neighbouring rivers which can be accessed by car or helicopter. No experience required...(more)
- Kawhatau Valley Walks - Walk with minimal gear over superb hill country farms. A truly unique and unforgettable experience.
- Gumboot Day – If you visit Taihape in March, you can join in with the locals as they celebrate ‘Gumboot Day’ complete with gumboot throwing competitions, music and stalls.
- Homestead Architecture Tours - All homes are privately owned and were designed by English architects between 1880 and 1915. Now hidden away in the beautiful New Zealand countryside...(more)
- The National Army Museum - Learn about New Zealand's legends, stories of courage, honour and sacrifice. Kids' headquarters and treasure hunts on M548 Armoured Personnel Carrier, ample parking for campervans and picnic areas...(more)
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