Welcome to Taumarunui.  Our place has been loved by generations of families for our naturally beautiful environment, our colorful heritage and our caring community.

Taumarunui sits on the Adventure Highway and starts the Forgotten World Highway in the central King Country of the North Island. Part of the Ruapehu District, Taumarunui is centrally located for access to the Whanganui National Park, Dual Listed World Heritage Tongariro National Park and the Pureora Timber Trail.

Along these highways of wide-open spaces are many recreational activities and outdoor pursuits such as canoeing, jetboating, fishing, golfing, mountain biking, cycle trails, walks, tramps and rail cart rides along with many others. If you are into outdoor adventures that suit all ages, then Taumarunui is the place to be.


Our people make Taumarunui a great place to live and visit. Supportive and welcoming, we have plenty of community facilities, groups and clubs to fill your needs and keep you engaged and involved in the community. We have a range of sports clubs and even a Live Theatre group in town.


High quality retailers and experienced service providers are available in and around Taumarunui. Historically a rural service centre, and increasingly meeting the needs of visitors for tourism, where the Adventure Highway Begins.

What’s On

Looking for action, relaxation, adventure or simply ‘something to do’ in Taumarunui? Whether in your twenties or sixties, there are events and activities to suit all. Taumarunui is also a great place to live and removed from the hustle and bustle of larger cities.


Settled by Europeans in the 1870’s, the King Country was the last region in Aotearoa to disallow Pakeha to settle in its lands. Taumarunui, in the heart of the King Country, enjoys a wonderful relationship between all the people that live in the town and surrounding areas.