The Mākōtuku Track follows the river of the same name through Raetihi and is a good option for a leg-stretching stop on a long drive. The track has multiple entry points along State Highway 4, including signposted entrances at the town limits on either side, so it is hard to miss.
This also means that the walk can be as long or short as you like, though we would recommend doing as much of it as you have time for, as the track changes quickly and offers a number of different environs in a short space, from swimming hole and barbeque spot to BMX bike tracks to sculpture walk.
Dogs are also allowed on the track, and there are obviously ongoing efforts to plant natives along the riverside and create leisure spaces, such as at the park table and benches along with outdoor grill and stacks of firewood donated by the Raetihi Bowling Club. The large photographs, portraits of local elders, exhibited at the southern entrance add a nice touch, as do the many sculptures in this area.