"A great base to explore from, lots of fun daytrips"
Fat Pigeon Cafe
15 minute drive away
The Fat Pigeon offer a wide range of freshly made seasonal food, as well as takeaway platters, cakes and meals, perfect for spoiling that special person and enjoying at Ripples. Contact The Fat Pigeon direct on 07 8778822 to preorder your platters or cakes please allow 4 days notice.
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One of the best ways to explore the Piopio area is to take a scenic drive and be ready to stop at one of the many beautiful spots along the way. Click the link above to view a scenic drive map.
Above is a tunnel dug by hand in 1911 from the Waikawau beach to get cattle to the market.
Bring your bike
Our quiet rural road makes for a perfect country cycle, either a short ride or longer loops can be rode from Ripples. The popular Timber Trail is also just over 1 hour away and shuttles can take you to Piripiri or Ongarure. see www.thetimbertrail.nz
The Bridge to Nowhere
Jet boat down the Whanganui River from Taumaranui (just over 1 hr drive)to the Bridge to Nowhere.
This is a beautiful and fascinating adventure, capturing an interesting slice of Kiwi history.
www.taumarunuicanoehire.co.nz for jetboat trips leaving from Tuamaranui.