Rangitīkei: life off the beaten track

Travelling north or south along State Highway 1, it's easy to pass through Taihape, Mangaweka, Marton or Bulls unthinkingly, missing...


Enjoying beautiful views over the Rangitīkei. © Nicholas Allen

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Ambassador Motel Visit website

8 minutes walk to city centre, Ambassador Motel offers large, off-street parking areas with spacious grounds suitable for families, and a saltwater swimming pool. . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Campervanning: the spontaneous way to travel

If the idea of a guided tour brings you out in spots, you’ll be wanting to bring yourself to the spots you most want to see. Read the story . . . 

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Viking Lodge Motel Visit website

13 spacious units, all with FREE WiFi (500 MB). We are the closest Motel to Dannevirke CBD. Walk to shops, restaurants, croquet and bowling clubs. . . . More . . . 

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Activities

New Zealand Rugby Museum

There is only one true religion round here, mate, and that’s rugby union. Read the story . . . 

From $75
Taihape Motels Visit website

A variety of 21 units at various rates - all ensuite, 7 with tea/coffee making facilities, 14 with kitchen, including luxury, and 1 & 2-bedroom . . . More . . . 

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Manawatū: off the main drag

The Manawatū is a rich and deeply characterful part of the New Zealand landscape – perfect for a road trip. Read the story . . . 

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Aztec Motel Visit website

Welcome to the Aztec Motel The Aztec Motel is situated opposite Palmerston North Hospital and is just 5 minutes drive to an international airport and . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Tararua: a glimpse of prehistoric New Zealand

Home to mighty ancient forests, protected by the work of dedicated conservationists, the Tararua District is teeming with life.  Read the story . . . 

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A'La Vista Motel Visit website

Affordable luxury. 17 ground-floor family and studio units with kitchen facilities, plus 1 access unit. Most have a double spa bath. FREE Ultra Fast/fibre optic WiFi. . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

Off-the-beaten-track day walks

Explore hidden walking gems that require only a map, some sturdy footwear and a strong desire to get out there and explore.  Read the story . . . 

4.3 /5
From $120
Pavilion Motel & Conference Centre Visit website

17 ground-floor units - studios, 1 and 2-bedroom units all with microwave and most with spa bath. Pet-friendly. Close to Massey University, College of Education, . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Rangitīkei: life off the beaten track

The Rangitīkei River and surrounding countryside are truly exceptional. The landscape here is often rugged and always spectacular. Read the story . . . 

From $95
Raceway Court Motel Visit website

20 ground-floor units (3 with spa bath) - 3 family, 7 x 1-brm, 10 studio. Licensed restaurant and bar. Conference room available for up to 30. . . . More . . . 

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Bulls Motel Visit website

On State Highway 1 south of Bulls, adjacent to the Rangitikei River, situated in rural garden setting. Excellent trout fishing and river walks. . . . More . . . 

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