If you’re heading to Taihape from out of town, you can do a lot worse than to stay over in the region for a night or two – it’s an awesome area to explore, with lots to do, from river rafting to horse trekking to fishing. If you’d prefer some less active post-run relaxation, you can visiting the local museum or take in a movie at the grand old Majestic Theatre. And don’t forget our fabulous cafes and eateries for some after-action relaxation.

Taihape and surrounds offer a range of quality accommodation options to fit any budget, including the gems below:

Flat Hills Cafe and Tourist Park

Flat Hills is situated right next to SH1 about 20km south of our race venue, and offers four cabins, as well as a campground with 13 powered sites, all at very reasonable rates.

To make it even better, if you book accommodation with them and mention that you’re entered in the Gumboot Gallop (or use the promo code web10 when booking online) they will give you a 10% discount on your stay.

The Rust Nail Backpackers

The Rusty Nail, situated in Dixon Way, overlooks Taihape with a breathtaking view of Mount Ruapehu, 15 minutes walk from the township.

This quaint backpackers offer a 3-bed female dorm, 8-bed mixed dorm, 2-person double room or 3-person family room. If you mention the Taihape Gumboot Gallop when you book, you will receive an additional discount on their already super-affordable rates.

Tatara Fishaway Lodge

The Tatara Fishaway Lodge, Rangitikei River Retreat is situated in a gorgeous deep-rural setting on Mokai Road right next to the Rangitikei River, about half an hour’s drive from our race venue.

Tatara Lodge offers a range of fully self-contained accommodation options including the River Retreat, with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, spa bath and spa pool, the Tree House with beautiful private spa pool overlooking the Rangitikei River, the dog-friendly Court Yard unit consisting of two bedrooms and a bathroom. and the brand new Kanuka Retreat, a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home away from home with incredible views from all the windows and decking.

One lucky spot prize winner at this year’s Gumboot Gallop will walk away with an amazing prize voucher of a night’s free accommodation at the stunning River Retreat – what a great prize!


Awastone is based in the quaint village of Mangaweka, about 15km south of our race venue. Their facilities include a licensed cafe,  two riverside campgrounds and special events venue.

Camping options include the fully serviced campsite at Awastone and more budget camping offered at Mangaweka campsite. There is also a range of cabins and lodge accommodations on offer – check out the accommodation page on their website for more details.

Awastone is offering one lucky participant at this year’s Gumboot Gallop an awesome rafting experience as a spot prize!