Raetihi is a municipality in Ruapehu District on the central North Island of New Zealand. It is located at the junction of State Highways 4 and 49, 11 km west of Ohakune. The Census 2013, it had 1,002 inhabitants. The 2006 census counted 1,035 residents; this was a decrease of 3.4\% or 33 inhabitants compared to the census of 2001. Already between 1996 and 2001 the population increased by 8.2\% (99 people) was gesunken.65,3\% of residents identified themselves as Māori 2013. Of 18 December 1917 to the January 1, 1968 has been prepared by Raetihi Raetihi Branch, one of the main railway line of the North Island, the North Iceland Main Trunk Railway operated in Ohakune branching branch line. The station building was converted into the Waimarino Museum and restored. The museum has an archive of documents and photos from the wider community of Mount Ruapehu. Although Raetihi is a small rural community today, it was a small industrial center between 1900 and the 1950s. In 1900 the city was the largest urban center in the King Country with almost 4,500 inhabitants. Many sawmills were the main employers in the region. When the trees were cut down, shut these and agriculture was important, particularly livestock and vegetable production. A cooperative dairy, however, was already established 1,903th On March 18, 1918 Great fire destroyed about 200 homes, the same year the town was ravaged by the Spanish flu. The decline of the timber industry had he experienced a negative impact on the place, but by tourism in the 2000s a slight upturn. Its proximity to Mount Ruapehu and popular ski resorts have made to the creation of accommodation and cafes for the increasing number of visitors.
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