Things to do in Raetihi

The Raetihi Holiday Park is perfectly situated next to a number of family activities.

Canoeing the Whanganui River is an absolute must do in New Zealand. It is one of DoC’s nine great walks, and Whanganui River Canoes operates from right here at the Raetihi Holiday Park!!
The Bridge to Nowhere has been identified by the AA in their top 101 must do’s for Kiwis. Raetihi is the closest town to the Bridge to Nowhere Jet Boat Tours base, with a supermarket, restaurants and bars.

Between December – March enjoy the solar heated, covered swimming pool right next to the Holiday Park!!

Take your kids over the road to the town playground which is modern and well maintained by the council. Make sure to bring your roller blades or skateboards – as there is also an outdoor skating rink (and basketball court) on the parks grounds.

The Raetihi Squash Club is inviting – on those rainy days what better than to challenge your friends to a friendly game of squash. Just cross the road to the court and the game will be on!! If you want to be out in the sun and need the challenge, how about make use of our town tennis courts!!

Talk to us about hire for any rackets/ balls you will need.

Our Holiday Park sits alongside the Makotuku River which flows from Mount Ruapehu. At the lower level of the Holiday Park is a small swimming hole – take your children for a swim- it is truly gorgeous (the campground dog, Rosie, would love to play fetch with you while you are there).

If a short walk or run is what you would like to do the Makotuku River walkway runs from one side of town to the other.

The Raetihi Holiday Park is also home to our towns popular Glow Worm Grotto. You can only see the glow worms at night so bring a torch, and come and ask for directions.

Ask us about our scavenger hunt!!

Raetihi – the gateway to Adventure
A huge range of activities is available within a short distance of Raetihi including skiing, fishing, hunting, tramping, kayaking, and mountain biking or simply getting away from it all.

There are plenty of walks up or around the mountains, including the famous Tongariro Crossing and the Round the Mountain Track. Shuttles can be arranged to meet you at our Holiday Park to get you to the Crossing.
Mount Ruapehu is an amazing sight all year round. There is nothing better than sitting on one of our many decks and taking in the view of the mountain. In winter we are the perfect base for your ski holiday. The Raetihi Holiday Park is only a ten minute drive from Ohakune where you will be at the base of the mountain. In summer the ski lifts are open to take you towards the summit of Mt. Ruapehu with its’ stunning Crater Lake.
Trout are plentiful in the area as it is sparsely populated and well stocked. To go trout fishing you will need to have a fishing license.

Guided tours are many and varied and drop-offs or pick-ups can be arranged for that hunting trip, or bike ride.

Every Month Raetihi has a Local Market day.
Held the Third Saturday of every month based at 18 Seddon Street this is a must see.

January
February

Waimarino A&P show – good old fashioned entertainment for the whole family.
March
Waimarino Rodeo – awesome entertainment – you must see the oldest continuing Rodeo in NZ.
April
The Raetihi Gutbuster – held over Easter weekend bike or run the 15, 18 or 50 km race on the road to Pipiriki.
May
June
July

Waimarino art awards at the Theatre Royal
August
September
Annual spring show showcasing our beautiful spring flowers
October
November

Raetihi Ripper is a two day motorbike trail through forestry tracks and open farmland – fantastic fundraiser for local community groups.
December
Raetihi Christmas Carnival – Traditional event held in the main street, with stalls and floats.

Raetihi Primary School is pretty impressive and often has AMAZING shows that are not to be missed!! In November/December every year they hold a one day Cultural Festival. All schools in the area compete showcasing their Pacific/Maori Cultures. Be moved by their powerful dance and song. And try the traditional Maori Hangi.

The school also have an amazing production every two years – using the latest technology, some talented parents/teachers with costume design and some pretty gutsy kids the school will blow you away – I still have a song in my head from last years production. . . “This girl is on fiiiiireee”