Frances’s guidebook

Frances

Frances’s guidebook

Food scene
Where to dine or grab food in Raetihi and nearby Ohakune - places we’ve been to and highly recommended.
Local cafe serving locally roasted Volcano coffee and great food with a relaxing atmosphere.
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Angel Louise Internet Cafe & Restaurant
48 Seddon St
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locals recommend
Local cafe serving locally roasted Volcano coffee and great food with a relaxing atmosphere.
Be sure to be there before 11am otherwise you won't be able to get the YUM pies.
Coach Cafe Raetihi
Be sure to be there before 11am otherwise you won't be able to get the YUM pies.
YUM gourmet burgers with unique flavours! Our personal favourites - Saigon Smile (Vietnam), Kamikaze (Japan) and DMZ (Korea).
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The Blind Finch, Hamburgeria & Bakehouse - Ohakune
29 Goldfinch St
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YUM gourmet burgers with unique flavours! Our personal favourites - Saigon Smile (Vietnam), Kamikaze (Japan) and DMZ (Korea).
You can't visit Ohakune during winter season without having Johnny Nation's glorious eclair! The pies are excellent, too.
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Johnny Nation's Chocolate Eclair Shop
78 Clyde St
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You can't visit Ohakune during winter season without having Johnny Nation's glorious eclair! The pies are excellent, too.
Welcoming and relaxing place. Love the mussels in Thai curry and the cakes!
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locals recommend
The Mountain Rocks Cafe & Bar
53 Clyde St
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locals recommend
Welcoming and relaxing place. Love the mussels in Thai curry and the cakes!
The place to be when craving for Indian food. Yum and the portions are filling, too.
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Magic Chilli
68 Clyde St
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locals recommend
The place to be when craving for Indian food. Yum and the portions are filling, too.
Activities
Skiing and snowboarding in winter, cycling and hiking in summer, or simply going around to enjoy the beauty of Central Plateau.
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.
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Turoa
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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.
NZ's largest ski area and open to explore in summer, too. A short walk from the base area is the Meads Wall with impressive views of Mt Ngauruhoe, where several scenes from LOTR were filmed.
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Whakapapa Skifield - Ruapehu Alpine Lifts
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NZ's largest ski area and open to explore in summer, too. A short walk from the base area is the Meads Wall with impressive views of Mt Ngauruhoe, where several scenes from LOTR were filmed.
Describes as the best one-day hike in the country and one of the world's top 10.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing Trail
Describes as the best one-day hike in the country and one of the world's top 10.
Interesting bike or hike trail where you will see the Hapuawhenua Viaduct, a curved tunnel, and old railway bridge remains.
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Old Coach Road Bike Trail
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Interesting bike or hike trail where you will see the Hapuawhenua Viaduct, a curved tunnel, and old railway bridge remains.
Very interesting Old West town remotely situated on the Central Plateau of the North Island and access is via pre-arranged booking.
Mellonsfolly Ranch, Old West Town
Very interesting Old West town remotely situated on the Central Plateau of the North Island and access is via pre-arranged booking.
Kids will love this park with friendly 'vegetables', playground, walks, BBQ, exercise area, public toilet, etc.
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Ohakune Carrot
4 Rangataua Rd
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Kids will love this park with friendly 'vegetables', playground, walks, BBQ, exercise area, public toilet, etc.
Whanganui river adventures - jet boat, canoe and biking the Whanganui River.
Whanganui River Canoes
10 Parapara Rd
Whanganui river adventures - jet boat, canoe and biking the Whanganui River.
Sightseeing
For those who are not into activities, below is a list of where else you can go and just enjoy nature’s beauty.
Peace and quiet spot by a beautiful river. Lovely place for picnic and a swim in summer.
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Ruatiti Domain
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Peace and quiet spot by a beautiful river. Lovely place for picnic and a swim in summer.
The first stop on the famous Whanganui River Journey from Raetihi. Interesting and beautiful road to travel on a good day from Raetihi to Whanganui. From here you can also take a jetboat to the Bridge to Nowhere.
Pipiriki
The first stop on the famous Whanganui River Journey from Raetihi. Interesting and beautiful road to travel on a good day from Raetihi to Whanganui. From here you can also take a jetboat to the Bridge to Nowhere.
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.
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Tongariro National Park
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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.
Waterfalls
Unmissable waterfalls around the area - especially when exploring Ruapehu.
Go to this place on a clear day to see stunning mountain views on the way the falls. The open area of marshland with boardwalk is our favourite place. About 1hr 20min return track from the parking area. The falls itself is Tongariro National Park’s highest waterfall. Approx. 25mins from Raetihi.
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Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead
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Go to this place on a clear day to see stunning mountain views on the way the falls. The open area of marshland with boardwalk is our favourite place. About 1hr 20min return track from the parking area. The falls itself is Tongariro National Park’s highest waterfall. Approx. 25mins from Raetihi.
Enjoy excellent views of a beautiful waterfall very close to the road on the way up to Turoa Skifield. The top of the falls is the spot where Gollum tries to catch some juicy fish in LOTR. Approx. 27mins from Raetihi.
Mangawhero Falls
Enjoy excellent views of a beautiful waterfall very close to the road on the way up to Turoa Skifield. The top of the falls is the spot where Gollum tries to catch some juicy fish in LOTR. Approx. 27mins from Raetihi.
Beautiful waterfall, easy 20min walk just off the road to the Chateau in Whakapapa Village. Great as well if you are LOTR fan. Approx. half an hour from Raetihi.
Tawhai Falls (Gollums Pool)
Beautiful waterfall, easy 20min walk just off the road to the Chateau in Whakapapa Village. Great as well if you are LOTR fan. Approx. half an hour from Raetihi.
A 5-6km loop tramp to see this fantastic waterfall. In the bush you will views of Wairere Stream and pass a smaller waterfall called Cascade Falls. Approx. 35mins from Raetihi.
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Taranaki Falls
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A 5-6km loop tramp to see this fantastic waterfall. In the bush you will views of Wairere Stream and pass a smaller waterfall called Cascade Falls. Approx. 35mins from Raetihi.
A roadside waterfall located on the Mangawhero River and seen from a lookout platform along SH4. Unfortunately, the place can't be reached at the moment due to road closure.
Raukawa Falls
5257 SH 4
A roadside waterfall located on the Mangawhero River and seen from a lookout platform along SH4. Unfortunately, the place can't be reached at the moment due to road closure.
Arts & Culture
For those who appreciate arts, crafts and culture - the following has history, reveals the talents of local artists and your opportunity to take home a true piece of Ruapehu.
Opens only every Sunday, this museum has an interesting collection focussing on the history of the Central Plateau. Check out the jail cells as well.
Waimarino Museum
101 Seddon St
Opens only every Sunday, this museum has an interesting collection focussing on the history of the Central Plateau. Check out the jail cells as well.
Known as 'Smash Palace' where the 1980s movie was filmed. Bring a gold coin to see this famous, massive car-wrecking yard with vintage cars and parts dating from the 1920s.
Horopito Motors
40 Matapuna Rd
Known as 'Smash Palace' where the 1980s movie was filmed. Bring a gold coin to see this famous, massive car-wrecking yard with vintage cars and parts dating from the 1920s.
Interesting museum that showcases NZ's military history. Display of weapons, war memorabilia, military vehicles, medals, etc. Good cafe and souvenir shop, too.
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National Army Museum Waiouru
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Interesting museum that showcases NZ's military history. Display of weapons, war memorabilia, military vehicles, medals, etc. Good cafe and souvenir shop, too.
Great place for kids and adults. Amazing and informative collection. Very friendly hosts
The Dinosaur House
102 Seddon Street
Great place for kids and adults. Amazing and informative collection. Very friendly hosts
Looking for a place to buy something uniquely Raetihi or Ruapehu? This is the place! Local art and food. Lovely one-of-a-kind dresses. Equally lovely people to meet.
Volcano Vibe Collective
43 Seddon Street
Looking for a place to buy something uniquely Raetihi or Ruapehu? This is the place! Local art and food. Lovely one-of-a-kind dresses. Equally lovely people to meet.
Essentials
Convenient local grocery with a range of food supplies, fresh produce, meat, and drink - all the basics and essentials.
Four Square Raetihi
72 Seddon St
Convenient local grocery with a range of food supplies, fresh produce, meat, and drink - all the basics and essentials.
If you want to know anything about the town, this is the place to be. It also has giftware items, local honey, postcards and souvenir items that you might fancy.
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Raetihi Information Centre
46 Seddon St
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If you want to know anything about the town, this is the place to be. It also has giftware items, local honey, postcards and souvenir items that you might fancy.
Local petrol station and the Intercity bus stop as well.
Caltex - Raetihi
2 Parapara Rd
Local petrol station and the Intercity bus stop as well.
Nearest Laundromat. Also, to the south you will see concrete walkway to Makotuku River. Glow worms at night so bring a torch but please do not make too much noise.
Raetihi Holiday Park & Cabins
Nearest Laundromat. Also, to the south you will see concrete walkway to Makotuku River. Glow worms at night so bring a torch but please do not make too much noise.
Nearest supermarket just 11 minutes away. Try not to be there late afternoon during ski season as it is full of holidayers.
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New World Ohakune
12 Goldfinch St
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Nearest supermarket just 11 minutes away. Try not to be there late afternoon during ski season as it is full of holidayers.
If you're driving on SH4 to/from Raetihi, it's easy to spot Young's Honesty Box stall with farm-fresh vegies from local growers - carrots, potatoes, broccoli, parsnips, etc. Be sure to have cash/coins with you.
Kim Young & Sons Ltd
6740 SH 4
If you're driving on SH4 to/from Raetihi, it's easy to spot Young's Honesty Box stall with farm-fresh vegies from local growers - carrots, potatoes, broccoli, parsnips, etc. Be sure to have cash/coins with you.