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Best things to do in Rangitikei District

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Natural Feature
“Great for skiing in winter and hiking in summer. Take the chairlift to the cafe for a tasty hot chocolate”
30 locals recommend
Bar
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“Beautiful alpine style conditioned Restaurant & Bar. Highly recommended for Sports night.”
21 locals recommend
Park
“The place to be for NZ's volcanic landscapes. From short walks to challenging day hikes. Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, described as the best one-day hike in the country. So many places to see - Tama lakes, Lake Surpise, Silica Rapids, Taranaki Falls, to name a few.”
25 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Best hamburgers, ever. Seriously. Also great Eggs benedict, 7 types available. 5 different types of fries. Food styles from all over the world. Do not miss this one. They also have quiz nights and cocktail nights so be sure to check the schedule when you arrive. Menu is in the brochure book on the dining table.”
25 locals recommend
Hotel
“High Tea here is a delightful treat. You don't have to be a guests, and reservations are recommended.”
18 locals recommend
Route
“Must do full day hike, with very rewarding views! Emerald lakes and the crater lake are huge highlights. Recommend taking the local shuttles. They do cost but it is the easiest option to get there and back safely. Summer is the best time for hiking the crossing, but essential to take plenty of food, water and extra warm gear incase of changing alpine weather. ”
24 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“In my opinion, the best dining restaurant in town. Great and well priced food. Great for kids too! With a kids corner full of toys and good kids menu.”
15 locals recommend
Museum
“Interesting museum that showcases NZ's military history. Display of weapons, war memorabilia, military vehicles, medals, etc. Good cafe and souvenir shop, too.”
9 locals recommend
Café
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“The food is clean and delicious, it's our favourite place to eat in Ohakune - go on give it a try!”
15 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Whakapapa Ski Area on the north-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu is New Zealand's largest ski area and is only about 20 minutes' drive from our lodge. Whakapapa is home to New Zealand's premiere beginners' area, Happy Valley with its own cafe, rental complex and ski school meeting area. The gentle slope is nice and long, giving you plenty of time to get the hang of your new sport. There are also over 30 groomed trails for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The volcanic terrain at Whakapapa gives a massive variety between trails with the choice of bumps, chutes, drops, bowls or nice wide runs. For expert skiers and boarders there are 24 black and black diamond runs. ”
10 locals recommend
Diner
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“The Station Cafe/Restaurant, National Park is situated in National Park Village’s restored historic railway station. Open 7 Days, from 9.00am until late. The Stations’ team is committed to looking after you with passion, personality and a touch of class in National Park Village.”
12 locals recommend
Establishment
“The perfect place to relax after doing the Tongariro Crossing or party apres ski, after a day snowboarding or skiing on Mount Ruapehu. Relax with panoramic views of the central plateau mountains, enjoy the open fire, with great meals on offer. Why not also try out our AMAZING MINI GOLF – packed with lots of challenges and water feature . Great FUN for all ages.”
12 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Movie theatre with a twist. You can order food and drinks at the cafe/bar and take this into the cinema with you. In the cinema you are seated in couch style chairs and the comfort is above and beyond any cinema I have been to before.”
6 locals recommend
Ski Area
“One of NZ's largest ski areas and has the nation’s longest vertical drop. On a beautiful day, you can see Mt Taranaki from the top. The High Noon Express takes you to the highest lifted point in NZ with panoramic views of the North Island.”
13 locals recommend
Hotel
“Tasty food, a great range of beverages, awesome service and dancing on tables. What more could you want? Often showing live sport followed by live music or DJs”
9 locals recommend
Route
“Take a 19km hike across a live volcano. Recognised as the best 1 day hike in the world. This is a serious adventure in a world heritage national park”
8 locals recommend