1 Kuku Street, Taihape, New Zealand
+64 6 388 0456 or 0800 20 00 29

Taihape is 29km south of Waiouru on SH 1.

Internationally recognised as the Gumboot Throwing Capital of New Zealand, Taihape is a quaint town nestled at the northern end of the Rangitikei region.

The town of Taihape lies near the confluence of the Hautapu and Rangitikei rivers, about 500m above sea level. Sheltered within a valley amidst the high-country of the Central North Island, Taihape is close to the Ruahine Range, on State Highway 1. It is surrounded by fertile high country ideal for sheep and deer farming and its location close to the mountains, rivers and lakes has made it an important service hub for hunting and outdoor tourism.


Taihape Motels is the following distance by road from these locations:

  • Waiouru – 29km
  • Ohakune – 56km
  • Palmerston North – 101km
  • Whanganui – 109km
  • Taupo – 141km
  • Hastings – 144km
  • Napier – 153km
  • Masterton – 191km
  • Rotorua – 222km
  • Wellington – 230km
  • New Plymouth – 268km