Welcome to Taihape
The Gumboot Capital of the World!
Taihape Search and Rescue hire out a couple of personal locator beacons through the information centre for people that are going tramping in the ranges.
Taihape is located in the central North Island of New Zealand on State Highway 1. Our icon is the Gumboot - humble but hard working, just like our community.
Every March we hold our famous Gumboot Day for locals and visitors with Gumboot throwing competitions, good music, great stalls, and fun entertainment for the whole family.
Taihape has many great attributes! There are some fabulous Cafes and Eateries to cater to your needs and if you wish to stay to see more of the area, there are several accommodation options to choose.
As for things to do in Taihape well, where do we start??
How about the famous Mokai Gravity Canyon for a thrilling bungy jump, bridge swing, flying fox ride or a gentle chairlift - they should see ya right. Or perhaps youíd enjoy some rafting? A trip out with River Valley will enliven your spirit or for the family fun rafting join the crew at Mangaweka Adventure Co.
For the quiet nature loving types thereís plenty of trout fishing to be done at Green Trout Guiding and Tarata Fishaways. And, in the last weekend of January come to the only A & P Show still running in the Rangitikei - "it's great seeing rural and urban coming together for the day."
You could get your walking shoes on explore some of the stunning walking tracks in the area - youíll witness some of New Zealandís best scenery.
There is heaps of cycle rides in the district and great shopping on the main street.
For entertainment at night why not rock on up to one of New Zealandís oldest & grandest picture theatre. Speaking of old historic places you could visit the Taihape Museum or a small drive away is the New Zealand Army Museum in Waiouru.
In the winter season Taihape is only a short distance away from Mt Ruapehu - just 50 minutes you can be on the snow!
Come to Taihape and check out this happening little town, full of activity and country spirit. The Overlandertrain stops off here twice a day and by car it is easy - just on SH1! And donít forget while youíre here to get your photo taken next to our famous giant Corrugated iron Gumboot sculptured by Jeff Thompson.
The Taihape Leisure Centre project is progressing. To see the current plans click here
For the new Rangitikei District Walking Brochure click here
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