Every year Taihape celebrates the humble gumboot with a festival that includes a gumboot throwing event. Definitely something to write home about!
Taihape claims to be the ‘gumboot capital of New Zealand’. It takes this title seriously, hosting a Gumboot Day festival every year in March. Certainly, gumboots are very useful in this agricultural and horticultural region. If you have time to spare in Taihape, the town’s domain has a network of bush walks. Keen gardeners can enquire about visiting the area’s four showpiece gardens - Titoki, Rongoiti, Waitoka and Kiri Kiri. Local adventure activities include the famous Mokai Gravity Canyon, as well as white-water rafting, abseiling, kayaking, jet boating and horse trekking. Enjoy a visit to the Taihape Museum or catch a movie at the Majestic Theatre. During the last weekend of January, Taihape hosts the local area's A&P agriculture show. In winter, the ski fields of Mount Ruapehu are only a short drive away.
Taihape has plenty of accommodation and a choice of delicious cafes and eateries on the main street.