Free things to do!

Okay; nothing is completely free, however here are a few activities that cost relatively little and can provide loads of fun and entertainment for the whole family. 

 Pack a picnic lunch and find a park to venture into, or take your photo with the iconic image in each town.  The main towns have parks and recreational areas open to all.  There are great river access points throughout the district offering swimming and other water activities, beach access is at Scott's Ferry and Turakina.

Throughout Rangitikei you can find Department of Conservation Reserves and Walks just minutes from the State Highways and our main towns.  Put your walking shoes on and discover the peace and tranquility, the wonder of New Zealand’s natural environment.

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Discover awesome Kiwi Guardians adventures around Manawatu/Whanganui or take action in your own backyard.

Geocaching is an international phenomenon. It is an outdoor adventure where players use a free mobile app to find cleverly hidden containers ('caches'). It's been described as a real-world outdoor treasure hunt using GPS coordinates. Read the Geocaching 101 guide (external site).



If you’re a keen cyclist, fat or thin tyres, check out our cycleways here online for some challenging rides through the Rangitikei rewarding riders with magnificent scenery along the way!  These cycle trails are set along country roads making them excellent choices for a driving exploration.  Pick up a Rangitikei Visitors Map at a Visitor Information Centre and plan your adventure today.

Iconic and local events are scheduled throughout the year across the Rangitikei.  Most are free, some may require a koha or donation to enter, a few have a set entry fee.  You’ll find more details on our Rangitikei Events page or Community Calendar.

The great outdoors isn't on your agenda? Then discover the wonder of Rangitikei's heritage in our museums and historical homes and the beautiful gardens, public and private, nestled throughout the District or spend some time in inspiring art galleries.

For all the details on things to see and do in the Rangitikei visit an Information Centre – you’ll find one in Bulls, Marton, Mangaweka and Taihape. 

Whatever you choose to do in our amazing District, stay safe and most of all enjoy!



















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