This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Raetihi. To help you make friends with Raetihi before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
In the center of the North Island lies Raetihi, New Zealand, a quiet little town mainly inhabited by farmers. The neighbouring town of Ohakune draws a lot more visitors and can be quite busy during winter for the ski season. So people looking for a quiet place to stay, away from all the tourists, should head to Raetihi and they'll find what they need.
Raetihi is fairly small and can easily be seen in a day. There is a museum about local history; there are some vintage buildings that can be admired, and a nice church as well. Raetihi also has a lovely view on neighbouring farmland and the impressive volcano, Mt. Ruapehu. Raetihi is a very calm and safe place. Locals are very proud of their town and if you get to know them a bit better, you should ask the story about the psycho who kidnapped several backpackers here.
The biggest attraction the town has is its annual rodeo and shearing event. You'll see people catching calves with lassos, and if that's not your thing, you can watch people shear sheep in less than one minute.
There is a small supermarket, but don't expect to much of it. The town's main visitors are farmers who need to consult the vets, buy animal food, or get their farming equipment fixed. Getting to Raetihi won't be simple either. There are no buses, so you'll need your own car, or go hitchhiking.
Hostels in Raetihi, New Zealand are really hard to find, as most people coming to this area head to Ohakune. Nevertheless, there is some accommodation to be found here, including a lodge that has a couple of rooms; unfortunately, backpackers will not find much choice for a hostel in Raetihi, New Zealand. If you don't have a specific reason for staying in Raetihi, then you should consider staying in Ohakune and make a day trip here.
Written by local enthusiast for Raetihi hostelsMargaret