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Hiking Trail Overlooking Lake Ohau, May 2024, New Zealand, Lake Ohau.

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by Richard

When asked to write about Taumarunui, the first thing that came to mind was the iconic Kiwi song Taumarunui (on the Main Trunk Line). The song was first recorded and released by Peter Cape in 1957. Multiple artists have since recorded it; you will still hear it performed today. There is an excellent video on YouTube of Peter Cape's son Christopher, who gives you a bit of history and performs this treasured New Zealand song. Bus Hire New Zealand.

Taumarunui is a small town that has several recreational activities for visitors. You can enjoy canoeing, jet boating, fishing, golfing, mountain biking, cycle trails, walks, tramps and rail cart rides which are unique to the area. Fittingly, Taumarunui sits on the Adventure Highway (State Highway 4) in the central King Country of the North Island. During the winter, Tumarunui makes a perfect base to access New Zealand's largest and most developed ski field on the slopes of magnificent Mt Ruapehu. Make sure you get the most out of your trip to Tumaranui by checking out the Taumarunui i-SITE Visitor Centre.

Outdoor Activities Taumarunui

There are some truly great things to do in Taumarunui. You can hire a canoe or bike to explore the area independently or join a guided tour. You can also enjoy the thermal pools or play a round of golf. The scenic beauty of the King Country provides a stunning backdrop to whatever outdoor activity you choose on your coachhire trip.

Forgotten World Adventures

Don't miss this unique opportunity to travel by rail cart on a decommissioned railway line. Forgotten World Adventures offers a range of experiences from half-day to full-day and even multi-day experiences. A shuttle can pick you up from the Forgotten World Motel, their main headquarters. You can even create an itinerary that suits you and your party. In addition to riding on the rail carts, your journey can include jet boat rides, a helicopter ride, overnight accommodation options, meals and stops at tourist attractions, including the Bridge to Nowhere. Contact them to find out more on this link and book your exciting adventure.

Forgotten World Adventures rail cart experience, Taumarunui, May 2024, New Zealand.

Kakahi Glow Worms

If you have never seen glow worms, you won't want to miss this. Best of all, it's free, which is not the same as other similar attractions. The New Zealand glow-worm is one of the most fascinating insects found in New Zealand. You will find them in limestone caves, unused mining tunnels and along stream banks. They even live under tree fern fronds in rainforests. Just take a short drive to Kakahi, 15 minutes from Taumarunui. Some say that this rivals the stars in the sky. Make your journey after dark, or the glow worms will not be visible. You should allow 1-2 hours to see this stunning 100-metre-long glowworm grotto.

Bike Ride the Timber Trail

With Epic Cycle Adventures, you can enjoy premium mountain biking on the spectacular Timber Trail. It is an 84-kilometre cycleway (also used by walkers and hunters) in Pureora Forest Park. There are 35 bridges, including eight large suspension bridges. It passes through some of the last remaining podocarp forests of rimu, totara, miro, mataī and kahikatea, as well as some exotic forestry and regenerating bush. It usually takes two days to complete. You can ride the last 42 kilometres as a day trip if you want a shorter ride. Depending on the option you choose, you and your bike

Glow worms illuminating Kakahi caves near Taumarunui, Taumarunui, May 2024, New Zealand.

More to See and Do in Taumarunui

Taumarunui offers many more ways for visitors to enjoy themselves. Visit Lauren's Lavender Farm and relax while overlooking the peaceful, tranquil surroundings of the lavender fields. Enjoy morning or afternoon tea at their cafe before exploring their shop with their unique range of lavender products.

Many are in and around Taumarunui if you want to enjoy a relaxing walk. They range from easy to moderate and from 30 minutes to a few hours. The Taumarunui Visitor Centre will have all the details for you.

Fancy a round of golf? The Taumarunui Golf Club is just the place for you. The course is called Tarrangower and has a good-quality layout that is popular with local golfers. The tree-lined and open parkland course contains a variety of attractive holes and pleasant features. It provides an enjoyable golf test at an affordable rate. The course is very welcoming to visitors and will give a great experience.

No matter what you want to do, Taumarunui has something for everyone. Come and enjoy everything this magnificent destination has to offer. Affordable Wheels - for bus hire and minibus hire.


  • What is the best time to visit Taumarunui?
  • The best time to visit Taumarunui is during the summer months of December to February when the weather is warm and ideal for outdoor activities. During the ski season, it is a popular spot for accessing nearby ski fields.
  • Is Taumarunui family-friendly?
  • Absolutely! Taumarunui is a family-friendly destination with activities suitable for all ages, including scenic walks, bike rides, and family-oriented tours. Be sure to visit Nevalea Alpacas, the largest alpaca farm in New Zealand, home to over 1000 friendly alpacas.
  • What should I wear when visiting Taumarunui?
  • Be sure to pack comfortable clothing and footwear for outdoor activities. As the weather is changeable, it's best to bring clothes that allow you to dress in layers. Don't forget your camera to capture the stunning landscapes!


Taumarunui emerges as a must-visit destination, offering an array of thrilling adventures amidst stunning natural landscapes. From nostalgic rail cart rides to the mesmerising glow worm caves of Kakahi, there's something to captivate every traveller. Plan your unforgettable journey to Taumarunui today with The Coach Company New Zealand, and immerse yourself in the boundless beauty and excitement waiting to be explored! Bus Hire Auckland.

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