The Forgotten Highway


With the Whanganui National Park on one side and the Tongariro World Heritage area on the other, Taumarunui is a perfect base for adventure.

Located at the junction of the Whanganui and Ongarue Rivers, Taumarunui is the launching point for canoe trips into the Whanganui National Park. With waterways in every direction, it’s a popular trout fishing destination.

Thanks to the newly constructed Timber Trail Cycle Trail, Taumarunui is also a great base for cyclists passing through who intend on tackling the 1 – 2 day trail ride. In winter, the town is a cost-effective place to stay if you aim to ski Whakapapa on Mt Ruapehu.

Taumarunui has a comprehensive range of shops and services, a good choice of accommodation and a tasty selection of eating places. The local golf course is often praised for its scenery.

28 kilometres south of Taumarunui is the Raurimu Spiral - a most amazing feat of railway engineering. It’s best appreciated from the train.

Content courtesy of Tourism NZ

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Alexander Spa Motel - Accommodation in Taumarunui New Zealand
8.10 176 Reviews
Just 5 minutes’ walk from Taumarunui Train Station, Alexander Spa Motel boasts a hot tub and free breakfast. It offers heated rooms with SKY Guest Select satellite TV and access to a shared balcony. Motel Alexander Spa is 5 minutes’ drive from Tarrangower Golf Course, and 45 minutes’ dr... (more)
Central Park Motor Inn - Accommodation in Taumarunui New Zealand
6.40 32 Reviews
Welcome to Taumarunui's finest motor inn. Set in restful, spacious grounds with delightful rural views. 30 units (sleep 1-8). Spa bath units available. Swimming and spa pools, sauna, gym, BBQ area. Stylish dining in Zeebers Restaurant and Bar. Many local attractions include jet boating, ca... (more)
Hilltop Ruapehu - Accommodation in Taumarunui New Zealand
8.40 98 Reviews
Hilltop Ruapehu is nestled on six private & secluded acres, yet minutes from cafes & shops of NZ's friendliest rural town.The Lodge at Hilltop sleeps 6, is very comfortably furnished and set in its own grounds. Quality bedding & towels - nothing is spared to make your stay truly memorable.... (more)
Hilton Motel - Accommodation in Taumarunui New Zealand
8.00 30 Reviews
Electric blankets, heating and cable TV are provided in each unit at Hilton Motel, situated only a 5-minute walk from Taumarunui Train Station. There is a courtesy car available for guests to use.Motel Hilton is a 6-minute drive from Taumarunui Golf Course. It is a 45-minute drive to the s... (more)
Kelly's Motel - Accommodation in Taumarunui New Zealand
8.60 135 Reviews
Only a 1-minute walk from the Ongarue River, Kelly's Motel offers free access to BBQ facilities and rooms with a fully equipped kitchen. Free Wi-Fi is available in the reception area.Kelly's Motel Taumarunui is 10 minutes’ drive from the Taumarunui Kart Track. Lake Taupo is a 1-hour drive ... (more)
Taumarunui Holiday Park - Accommodation in Taumarunui New Zealand
9.60 42 Reviews
Manunui, Taumarunui
We are a small, friendly and independent holiday park located beside the Whanganui River and bordered by native bush. We offer a variety of accommodation options including powered/non-powered campervan/tent sites, standard cabins with shared ablutions, and our fully self-contained Kiwi Cot... (more)
Taumarunui Hotel & Backpackers - Accommodation in Taumarunui New Zealand
6.00 1 Reviews
Twin Rivers Motel - Accommodation in Taumarunui New Zealand
7.60 6 Reviews
Twin Rivers Motel offers motel accommodation in Taumarunui. Accommodation consists of 12 ground floor motel units including 9 studio, sleep 2-3; 2 x 1 bedroom, sleep 5-6; 2 bedroom villa sleeps 7; all designated non-smoking.All units self-contained with fully equipped kitchen, microwave, d... (more)
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