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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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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Activities

New Zealand Rugby Museum

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

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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

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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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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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 . . . 

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Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North

Stay in style and comfort in our Pamerston North Hotel, located in the heart of the city Located just off The Square, Copthorne Hotel Palmerston . . . 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 . . . 

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Aspen Court Motel Visit website

New complex - luxury accommodation with 2 access units. Smokefree, double spa baths. King-size beds, heating/air-conditioning, electric blankets, underfloor heating, full kitchen facilities. . . . More . . . 

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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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Hotel Coachman Visit website

Hotel Coachman is nestled in the heart of Palmerston North, and is just 5 minutes from the CBD, or 10 minutes from the airport. . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

A road less travelled: on the trail of a hot lamb sandwich

Travelling from Auckland to Wellington via Taumarunui, Napier, Gisborne and Tauranga in search of an old-fashioned Kiwi treat.  Read the story . . . 

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