Ideally located halfway between Taupo and Wellington, just one hour from the Tongariro Crossing, Palmerston North and Whanganui, Mangaweka is the perfect destination for Campervans, family camping holidays, corporate retreats and weekend getaways.

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The Rangitikei River provides safe and fun river adventures. New Zealand Family Adventures, social club activities, conferences and kayak courses and services.

Raft, Kayak or Camp... from one hour to four days, earn that coffee or wine before relaxing at our riverside cafe!

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Awastone - a riverside haven! The Awastone Licensed cafe is set amongst beautiful gardens overlooking the Rangitikei River.

Make Awastone your next venue for corporate events, weddings or social gathering! Keep an eye out for our live music sessions and special events!

womens retreat mangaweka new zealand

Women's River Retreat

January 24th & 25th or February 21st & 22nd - 2020 

Join us in Mangaweka to explore the Rangitikei River from a river craft and then from above, in an exclusive farm walk with views that will take your breath away.

Included in the package price of $ 385pp is accommodation for 2 nights, river adventure, guided farm walk with lunch on the go, continental and cooked breakfast, dinner and finally a regenerating yoga session. You bring your toothbrush and some great gal pals that thirst for adventure, giggles and get aways. Contact us now to reserve these limited spaces.

Bird of the Month

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November: Shining Cuckoo, Pipiwharauroa


Listen to the Shining Cuckoo on-line at

 Often heard, rarely seen, the Shining Cuckoo is a migratory bird that has been in town for about a fortnight and its call will be quite dominant over the next couple of months.

 Its distinctive call heralds the arrival of the warmer months and is often heard through into February, before his long journey back north of the equator. The Shining Cuckoo's main call is a loud upwardly-slurred whistle repeated several times; the sequence usually ends with a downwardly-slurred whistle.

 Again, they are hard to spot unless they have crashed into your windows, which is reasonably common. Both sexes are an iridescent dark green above, and white below with dark green transverse bands.

 Shining cuckoos are famous for being brood parasites, laying their eggs singly in nests of the Grey Warbler. Eggs are laid mostly in November, after which the adult cuckoos take no further part in breeding, instead the chick being brought up by the ever so kind Warbler.

February 11, 2019

What an awesome event, an amazing location, carnival atmosphere and a friendly and positive attitude from all involved. Loved it!

After 20 years of training kayakers for the event I have been remiss to have not been a part of it before now, kayaking the Waimak is one thing but to be able to do it within the field and get a good grasp on the atmosphere is something else.

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