Taihape at its peak during the 1960s was a bustling railway and transport hub for the surrounding farming community. Much of its economic activity revolved around the railway and rural communities.

Taihape is also the Gum Boot capital of World. This title is earned from the historic connections with the gum boot, first through manufacture, and now from the tourism and gum boot events.

Taihape is a small and isolated town on State Highway 1 some 40kms south of Waiurou. Over recent decades the town has struggled, primarily through the young people heading off to larger cities and towns, but of very recent times the reduction has slowed.

The town was founded in 1894, when European settlers arrived from Canterbury in the South Island. The site of the town was a small natural clearing in dense native bush, which the first settlers set about clearing.

Tiahape is also an ‘old’ town that had its berth in the rail era, when small towns were stop off points when trains were ‘refueling’ or as in the case of Taihape a rail junction. This therefore means there are number heritage characteristics with a number of the buildings in the township.

Taihape has a high profile War Memorial.

He Taihape Gretna Hotel is one of those grand buildings of an earlier era.

The Tiahape museum is open seven days and gives a good insight into the past.

The Anglican Church is a high profile establishment, and is alongside a recently rebuilt Catholic Church.

Taihape is one of those towns that is definitely worth a visit.


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