Visit Hunterville, Rangitikei, NZ

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  • Hunterville is a small town in the centre of the Rangitikei Distract, about half way between Taupo and Wellington. The region consists of bush-covered mountain ranges (Kaimanawa and Ruahine) that are foothills to the Central Plateau, bounded by the Rangitikei River to the south and Turakina River to the north.

    The Rangitikei River, which runs in deep gorges, is great for adventure activities such as rafting, jet-boating and kayaking. Walks and hiking trails along the river are popular, with some trails suitable for horse riding and mountain biking.

    The town centre has a public garden, Settler’s Museum, and a number of art, craft and antique shops and restaurants.


    Accommodation in Hunterville (NZ)

    Hunterville has a hotel and motel, centrally located. There are also bed & breakfast establishments and holiday homes for rent.

    Luxury lodge and farm stay accommodation is available within a short distance of the town.

    A free camping site is located at Vinegar Hill, about 3 km north of Hunterville.


    Transport around Hunterville

    The town of Hunterville straddles the main north-south highway (State Highway 1) as well as the main trunk railway line. It is about 55 minutes’ drive north from the cities of Wanganui and Palmerston North, and 30 minutes’ drive south from Taihape. Ohakune, by Mount Ruapehu, is about 75 minutes’ drive north.

    Inter-city bus services connect Hunterville with cities and regional centres.

    Passenger rail services no longer stop at Hunterville; the station has been transformed into a public garden. The nearest rail stops are at Taihape and Marton.

    Hunterville’s nearest airport is at the New Zealand Air Force’s Ohakea Air Base, 33 km to the south west. It functions as a diversion airport only for civilian aircraft.


    Tourist Activities around Hunterville

    The Rangitikei River near Hunterville is known for its deep gorges with spectacular high cliffs. Guided activities in the area include white-water rafting and kayaking, bungy jumping and flying fox (zip line) rides (at Mokai Canyon), horse trekking and trout fishing. There are many popular walks along the river and also in surrounding hills.

    The Rangatira Golf Club, on three levels above the river, is unusual for having an electric cable car that transports golfers from the 18th green to the clubhouse.

    Within the town centre is an attractive public garden and a district Settler’s Museum, which is open on Friday afternoons or by appointment. The town also has art galleries, antique shops and craft shops that sell local products including knitwear and footwear.

    Cycling is very popular in the region. A 170 km race to the sea is held annually, along with a 17 km family fun ride.

    High country sheep farming has popularised the New Zealand Huntaway breed of sheepdog in the district - a statue of one stands at the entrance to the town. A festival held in late October each year, known as “the Shepherds’ Shemozzle”, draws participants from around the district to compete in rural sports challenges, including a “loudest bark” competition for huntaways.

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