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Taumarunui 38°53.076′S 175°15.842′E is a town in King Country of the Central North Island of New Zealand. It is situated on State Highway 4 and the North Island Main Trunk Railway. Image File history File links NZ-Taumarunui. ... Main street in Bastrop, Texas, a small town In American English, a town is usually a municipal corporation that is smaller than a city but larger than a village. ... The King Country is a region of the western North Island of New Zealand. ... The North Island is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, the other being the South Island. ... The New Zealand State Highway network is a network of roads covering the North and South Islands. ... The NIMT is the railway line connecting Auckland and Wellington, the two major cities of New Zealands North Island. ...


The town is situated in rugged terrain on the upper reaches of the Whanganui River 65 km south of Te Kuiti and 55 km west of Turangi. The town's population is 5136 (2001 census), making it the largest centre for a considerable distance in any direction. The Whanganui River is a major river in the North Island of New Zealand. ... Te Kuiti is a small town in the south of the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Turangi is a town on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand at the southwest corner of Lake Taupo. ...


The name Taumarunui is reported to be the dying words of the Maori chief Pehi Taroa - taumaru meaning screen and nui big, literally translated as Big Screen. This screen was being build to shelter him from the sun. There are also references to Taumaruni being known as large sheltered location for growing kumara (a form of sweet potato from South America). Te Puni, Māori Chief Māori is the name of the indigenous people of New Zealand, and their language. ... Kumara is the general Polynesian word for the sweet potato, Ipomoea batatas Kumara is also the name of a town on the West Coast of New Zealand Kumara or Kumaraswami is a name for Kartikeya, the Hindu god of war This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists... Binomial name Ipomoea batatas Linnaeus The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is a crop plant whose large, starchy, sweet-tasting tuberous roots are an important root vegetable. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ...

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History

In 1874 Alexander Bell set up a training post, and became the first European settler. The town still has a road called Bell Road. This is a timeline of the History of New Zealand. ...


Taumarunui's location at the junction of the Whanganui and Ongarue Rivers encouraged first the early canoe-borne Maori and then the European (Pakeha) to settle and establish a trading centre. Taumarunui Landing (Image) was the highest and last stop on Alexander Hatrick's steam boat service from Wanganui, before moving down to Kirikau in 1927 when the road was opened. Te Puni, Māori Chief Māori is the name of the indigenous people of New Zealand, and their language. ... Pakeha is a New Zealand English word for European New Zealanders, that is, New Zealanders of predominantly European descent. ... This is a timeline of the History of New Zealand. ...


Later Taumarunui gained importance with the construction of the railway. The line south of Taumarunui caused considerable problems due to the terrain, and has several high viaducts and the famous Raurimu Spiral. A loop line via Stratford connects just north of Taumarunui. In more recent times, the town's economy has been based on forestry and farming, and more recently it has gained in importance as a tourism centre. The Raurimu Spiral is a notable feat of engineering in the central North Island of New Zealand. ... Stratfords view of Mount Taranaki (facing west). ... A decidous beech forest in Slovenia. ...


Locality

The Ngapuwaiwaha Marae is located on Taumarunui Street. A Maori word now common in New Zealand English, marae refers an area of land where the Wharenui or meeting house (literally big house) sits. ...


On State Highway 4 south of Taumarunui are the villages of Manunui, Piriaka, Owhango and then National Park. To the north are the school and truck stop of Mapiu. The New Zealand State Highway network is a network of roads covering the North and South Islands. ... Owhango (39°00. ... National Park is a small town on the central plateau of the North Island of New Zealand. ...


Notable students from Taumarunui High School

Prof. John C. Butcher - Honorary Research Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Auckland Taumarunui High School, located in Taumarunui, New Zealand, is the towns high school. ... Professor John C. Butcher (b. ... The University of Auckland is New Zealands largest research-based university by student numbers. ...


Ben Fouhy - World Champion Kayaker


External links

  • Local History
  • Taumarunui High School
  • Taumarunui Airfield (Location of an annual Tiger Moth Fly-in)
  • River Boast Landings
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Taumarunui - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (414 words)
Taumarunui Coordinates: 38°53.076′S 175°15.842′E is a town in the King Country of the central North Island of New Zealand.
Taumarunui's location at the confluence of the Whanganui and Ongarue Rivers encouraged first the early canoe-borne Māori and then the European (Pākehā) to settle and establish a trading centre.
Taumarunui Landing (Image) was the last stop on Alexander Hatrick's steam boat service from Wanganui, moving down to Kirikau in 1927 when the road was opened.
Taumarunui Real Estate - Century 21 Taumarunui (448 words)
Taumarunui is host to a number of recreational events including multi-sport race The Kururau Crusher - a grueling uphill battle between wily locals and some of the country's top athletes - and longstanding kayaking race The Whanganui Descent.
With its central location, Taumarunui is less than three hours drive from no less than six cities, a short 35-minute drive from popular holiday destination Kuratau (South end of Lake Taupo) and a 45-minute drive to the top o' the hill (aka Whakapapa Skifields).
Taumarunui is one of the more under rated farming districts in the North Island.
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