Taihape TODAY - a Great Place to Live, Work and Visit
The friendly town of Taihape, known as The Gumboot Capital of the World, is located in the Central North Island, on SH1. 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.
Perhaps an unusual feature of a small rural town is the local mosque. The Ad-Deen Mosque in Tui Street offers a centre for Muslims to stop, pray and rest.
To make your visit even more pleasant, there is free parking (and loads of it). If you are in a Motorhome, the side streets are wide and it's easy parking, and there is a public dump station in Linnet Street. In Robin Street, you will find a special dog park for our 4-legged friends to stretch their legs.
As for things to do in Taihape well, where do we start??
The Taihape district offers breathtaking scenery, from rivers and gorges to mountains, as well as many small rural settlements - something for everyone, whether you are seeking adventure or tranquillity. For adventure, you'll find rafting, kayaking, tramping, horse riding, fishing, hunting, bungy, the flying fox and the World’s highest tandem swing. For tranquillity, there are many quiet walks and picnic spots, and hideaway lodges. All on Taihape’s doorstep!
The town itself offers great shopping, eating, and many other leisure activities. Take the Heritage Walk to gain a glimpse of Taihape's past, visit the Museum, the parks and reserves and summer swimming pool, throw a gumboot at Gumboot Alley (gumboots should be there, but if not collect them at the Information Centre). Throughout the year, there are many events going on, including the now famous Gumboot Day - held in March. And don’t forget while you’re here to throw a gumboot at Gumboot Alley and get your photo taken next to our famous giant Corrugated iron Gumboot sculptured by Jeff Thompson.
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 you’d 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 there’s 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 - you’ll witness some of New Zealand’s best scenery. Or take advantage of the many cycle rides in the district.
For entertainment at night why not rock on up to one of New Zealand’s oldest picture theatres, the Majestic, built in 1917. 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!
The district is a great place to live. Housing is truly affordable - 3 bedroom houses advertised at $75,000. It's also a great place to set up business - good roading networks, central, on SH1, so why not make the move!
Come to Taihape and check out this happening little town, full of activity and country spirit.
Call into the Information Centre in the Taihape Town Hall for information on the vast range of activities in the district and explore our website to find more information on Taihape and district - activities and events, businesses, services, clubs and community organisations.