Our Rangitīkei


Rangitīkei literally translates to 'The day of striding out", Maori ancestor Hau named the Rangitikei River when pursuing his wife and her lover southward from Taranaki some 600 years ago. With long stride (tīkei) he moved one day (rangi) to the river he then called Rangitikei (the day of striding out).

Nothing has influenced the Rangitīkei district's landscape more than the mighty Rangitikei River as it has carved its way from its headwaters in the Kaimanawa Range to the Tasman Sea in the south, forming passages of majestic river canons, alternating with quiet stretches of sparkling trout-laden pools.

We are a district that offers freedom camping throughout, are motor home-friendly, and encourage the enjoyment of our great outdoors, We are super lucky to have businesses that work with our land to help our visitors and locals alike enjoy what mother nature has to offer.

Rangitīkei is home to bustling eco and adventure Tourism, A district full of the dramatic landscape, family-friendly fun, adventure, and a place like no other to make a life time of memories, new friends, and a connection to the land.

All the amenities of an urban lifestyle in a relaxed, adventurous & rural community, but without the traffic lights! Culturally diverse, naturally unspoiled, and perfectly positioned for a life of luxury in the slow lane, be a part of New Zealand’s best-kept secret and Visit Rangitīkei.