Taumaranui was once such a significant town and rail hub, the severe economic impacts that have occurred are such understandably an element of denial continues to this day. Two generations ago a thriving and industrial community built and locked into the railway and train movements. Now, only an empty shell of that era exists.
Later Taumarunui gained importance with the construction of the North Island Main Trunk Line in 1908. The line south of Taumarunui caused considerable problems due to the terrain, and has several high viaducts and the famous Raurimu Spiral. The Stratford line connects just north of Taumarunui. In more recent times, the town' is predominantly now a farming community town that has seen a number of industries come and go over the last 100 years and has now settled as a peaceful place based on a community spirit set with a backdrop of the magnificent Ruapehu.
Travelers passing through should take the time to look and enjoy the township