Raetihi more than most small towns visited has economically suffered badly in recent years. The town is not a shadow of its formal self of just twenty years ago. It would seem Ohukune and National Park has assumed the high country high ground.

Raetihi was a minor industrial centre between 1900 and the 1950s. It had numerous timber mills which provided the bulk of employment to the region. As the timber was cleared, agriculture became more prominent in the local economy.

The decline of the timber industry negatively impacted upon Raetihi, but it has recently experienced some growth due to tourism. Its close proximity to Mt Ruapehu and popular ski fields has led to the establishment of accommodation and cafes to cater for the increasing number of visitors.

Raetihi still makes the synopsis criteria.

Raetihi no longer has a hotel.

The Anglican Church is a great building.

The Raetihi Museum opens on Sundays

The Raetihi War Memorials are on the cemetery gates.

The coffee at the local coffee shop should determine a beverage before tackling or after just traveling the Para Pares.


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course