It is on an alluvial plain set within rugged terrain on the upper reaches of the Whanganui River, 65 km south of Te Kuiti with a population is 5136, making it the largest centre for a considerable distance in. There are also references to Taumarunui being known as large sheltered location for growing kumara.
Tamarunui is known for its farming, railway history, trout fishing, gardens and weaving. This beautiful area with great weather and a wide variety of terrain, flora, bird life and history within easy reach.
Taumarunui is around 2.5 hours from Hamilton and 45 mins to Whakapapa Village in the Tongariro National Park.