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Taihape is a small, relatively isolated town in the central North Island. During the 1960s it was a busy railway town and transport hub for the surrounding farming community. In the 1980s a railway restructure saw the town head into decline. In recent times Taihape has emerged as the centre for various tourism activities. Taihape calls itself the "Gumboot Capital of the World" and holds an annual gumboot-throwing contest.

Geographical Coordinates:
Latitude: -39.67, Longitude: 175.79

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