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Tararua nestles amongst Hawke's Bay, Manawatu, Wairarapa and the Pacific Ocean. It is best explored by independent travellers on wheels, whether they be two or four. Buses and trains only touch the periphery of this district with its under-explored attractions and landscape.

Take time to check out the Troll Stroll in Norsewood, visit the Fantasy Caves in Dannevirke, for a trip on the wild side visit the Waihi Falls, and take the bush walk in Pongaroa before heading to the panoramic vista of Akitio Beach with its waves, reef and river.

Woodville is fast gaining a reputation for antiques and knick knacks, Pahiatua is the heart of the bush where the tuis will sing flutingly in the Main Street when the kowhai is in bloom in spring. Eketahuna has the Great Eketahuna bike ride every April and just south is the National Wildlife Centre at Mt Bruce - a must for bird lovers. Ballance has a café beyond the bridge where you can sit and relax in the garden amidst the kereru and have a latté.

Tararua is known for its wide open spaces, bush walks and friendly folk. There are numerous places to eat, sleep and explore. If you have two wheels, Route 52 is a safe, mostly sealed cycling route with backpacker accommodation spread to give a good days ride. If you are keen on trout fishing, spin fishing or fly fishing, some of Tararuas six rivers may give you some sport. Fishing guides are available to ensure you get to the right spot.


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