Visit Marton, Rangitikei, NZ

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  • Marton is the largest town in the Rangitikei District, located on the Manawatu Plains by the lower Rangitikei River. The town was founded in the mid-1800s, and became a trading the centre for wool and butter.

    With the arrival of the railway in 1878, Marton developed industries based around saw-milling, wheat growing and flour milling, engineering and packaged food production. Today, it continues to be a centre for agricultural and manufacturing industry.

    With its long history, Marton has a good number of historic homesteads with well-established ornamental gardens. Some of these are open to the public as heritage parks, tea rooms or lodges.


    Accommodation in Marton (NZ)

    Marton has an international-style hotel and a number of motels within the town centre. In the town and in outlying areas are bed & breakfast and farm-stay accommodation providers.

    There is a holiday park for backpacker accommodation and motor camping.

    Further hotels, motels and lodges can be found 10 minutes’ drive away in Feilding, and in other parts of the Rangitikei District.


    Transport around Marton

    Marton is about 30 minutes’ drive from the cities of Palmerston North and Wanganui, about half way between Taupo and Wellington. Inter-city coach transport links the town with main centres and other towns within the district.

    Taxi and shuttle services provide transport within the town. Mountain bikes are also available for rental.

    Marton has a long association with the north-south “main trunk” railway. However, passenger rail services have stopped and re-started intermittently over the past two decades as railway services have been transferred to the private sector. Currently, trains stop at Marton only during summer the months.


    Tourist Activities around Marton

    A number of historic homesteads around Marton are open to the public. The 1875 Old Coach House offers garden tours and lunch. The Ridges Garden also has guided tours available. There are also architectural heritage tours that visit a selection of historic buildings.


    The hills surrounding Marton have many walking trails, some in bush and others across farmland. As mountain biking has increased in popularity, the area has seen many new trails developed. Guided cycling tours are available and mountain bikes can be hired from various locations, including motels and holiday parks. Horse trekking is another popular way to experience wilderness areas.

    The Rangitikei River offers goodfishing for trout. Fishing guides are available to take visitors to the best locations for fishing. The river is also the base for adventure activities that include white-water rafting and canoeing, jet-boating, and bungy jumping at Mokai Canyon.


    The town centre has interesting shops and places to eat, a museum, an Olympic-size swimming pool, and bush reserves for short walks and picnics. A three-day country music festival is held in late January each year.

    A popular family attraction located near Marton is the “Maize Maze” – an 8 km labyrinth of paths cut through 12 acres of tall corn. It takes most people about 45 minutes to find the way out!

    Marton Golf Club has an 18-holecourse with interesting holes, located 14 km south of the town.


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