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Raetihi is a town in the central North Island of New Zealand. It is located at the junction of State Highways 4 and 49, 11 kilometres west of Ohakune. The 2013 New Zealand census recorded its population as 1,002. This constitutes a decrease of 3.2% or 33 people since the 2006 census. 65.3% of residents identified as Māori, 55% European, 2.7% Pacific and 1.2% Asian (some people identified themselves in several ethnic groups and as a result percentages do not add up to 100). The Waimarino district stretches from Mount Ruapehu to the Wanganui River encompassing Raetihi, Pipiriki, Karioi, Horopito, Waiouru, Rangataua and Ohakune. There is evidence of Maori people living here in the fourteenth century. The Ngati Uenuku dwelled at Raetihi and Waimarino (now National Park). There is little evidence of large permanent settlements but hunting parties were common during warmer months. In 1887 the Government purchased the Waimarino block from the Maori. The first European settlement was at Karioi where sheep were grazed on open tussock land. The Waimarino block proved to be a “pot of gold”. Between 1908 and 1947 it provided 700 million superficial feet of building timber. The remnants of 150 sawmills have been discovered. Now there are only two major mills operating permanently. One at Tangiwai & one at National Park. In its heyday the sawmilling of rimu, totara, kahikatea, matai and beech trees provided employment for numerous people in the area. Raetihi (originally called Makotuku due to the river flowing at the towns edge) became the focal point for travellers going between Wanganui and Waiouru. A thriving town emerged to serve the timber workers and those passing through. A trip North from Wanganui was not for the faint-hearted. The scenic “River Road” passing through Pipiriki was treacherous with primitive tracks and long falls if you left the track. Those who completed the journey to Raetihi found hospitality, accommodation, blacksmiths and saddlers for weary horses and supplies for their further travels north. The great fire of 1918 was a terrible setback to many businesses and homeowners in Raetihi. The loss of numerous mills slowed the timber industry but it continued successfully into the 1940s. As decades passed, it emerged that the ‘endless’ supply of strong native timber was running out. The choice to replant forests in fast-growing pine was there, but in the middle of the 20th century the ability to treat this new soft wood for outdoor building was not available. Raetihi felt the loss of the timber industry more as each year passed. Farming was an option for some but it would never be as high an employer as the forests once provided. From the 1970s through to the 1990s, Raetihi fell into a state of depression similar to many rural New Zealand towns. While farming and forestry continue here, it is tourist activities like the 'Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail' and 'Whangani River Adventures' that provides the future for this historic town.

Places to Visit near Raetihi


Lake Taupo

Whether you’re after some cliff diving or just want a nice place to paddle around in Taupo pools, there is plenty on offer. If you’re visiting in winter at least dip your toe, or take advantage of the natural Taupo attractions such as warm thermal waters dotted around the lake.

The lakefront in town is easily accessible, just jump in wherever you like. In summer the lakefront is packed with both locals and tourists so take a book, pull up a towel and spend the day. Don’t forget the sunblock!

Head out a bit further afield to Kinloch for a different thing to do in Taupo, a 15-minute drive east of Taupo. The water out there is beautifully clear and the pontoon is great for the kids (and big kids!) to practice dive bombs. If you walk left along the beach you’ll find Kinloch’s famous jumping rocks, just look for the local kids splashing around.

Whakaipo Bay is a little more secluded, perfect if you are looking for some time alone or a romantic picnic.

For another Taupo activity take the plunge into the fresh blue water of Bulli Point, located on State Highway 1 towards Turangi. There are three ledges to jump from, the highest being seven metres. This is a very busy road so make sure to park safely. There is a gravel car park just south of Bulli Point.

Crafty Trout Brewing Company

Crafty Trout Brewing Co. uses Lake Taupo's mineral waters formed through volcanic fire and glacial ice along with New Zealand's finest malts, hops and yeast.

BIER KAFE Experience our own 7 crafted beer/cider available while soaking up the ambience of the Austrian Alpine themed bar/cafe. The menu is beer infused and beer matched!

BREWERY One hour tours operate daily: the World's First Fully Automated Smartbrew System informative, entertaining and interactive with our Brewmaster.

FOR GROUPS & CONFERENCES A mobile unit available to serve our beer and cider at your venue! Our Brewmaster can give a beer matching presentation. Customised beer/cider for nyour event, unique to your brand, from 100 to 800 plus litres - bottled or kegged. A great all weather activity with a capacity for 100 onsite. Free Fibre WiFi and full AV capabilities inhouse.

TROUT GIFTWARE SHOPPE/LIQUOR OUTLET Taupo's only Trout related gift shop is a must browse. Our bottled beer and cider packs are available too.

Otumuheke Stream

Have a gentle massage under the waterfall or soak in the shallow pools. This free hot spot is popular with both locals and visitors. The level and temperature of the springs vary depending on the rainfall, season and the level of the river. There are no changing rooms near the stream. Bring your own towel and please take any rubbish away with you.

Love Taupo Lettering

With the perfect back drop of Lake Taupo and the mountains of the Tongariro National Park, it has quickly become one of the most photographed locations in the Great Lake Taupo region. Visitors and locals alike, love to take photographs in, around and on the letters.

Campgrounds and Parks near Raetihi


Turangi Holiday Park

The friendly place to stay.

Turangi Holiday Park is an ideal park for families, large and small groups, trampers, fishermen, skiers and adventurers or just unwind here in our beautiful and quiet surroundings, there is plenty of space and privacy.

Nothing comes close to the sheer natural beauty of the Lake Taupo region. Located in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand the lake is only a small part of the Central Plateau. This plateau also contains three large mountains boasting three unique skifields.

The trout fishing is considered some of the best in the world. Just two kilometres from our Holiday Park is the well known Tongariro river, where many very large brown and rainbow trout have been outwitted.

Turangi is the gateway to the Tongariro National Park, the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the Kaimanawa Ranges – We make a great base for the Tongariro Alpine crossing – transport is available right from our front door.

Turangi is the place to be all year round, skiing in the winter, boating and swimming in the summer, and of course fishing all year round.

Large groups are not a problem, and we are an ideal school camp for anytime of the year.

We have space for everyone…………..

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Lake Taupo Holiday Resort

Near Taupo Bungy

Lake Taupo Resort has great accommodation whether you are taking a family holiday, attending a school/sporting event, are here for business or a special occasion. We boast modern facilities, a new pool with swim-up bar and cafe plus an extensive range of games and activities to keep the entire family entertained. We have clean, tidy and affordable units for families, couples or adventurers and large tent and caravan sites available.

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