Tongariro National Park, North Island, New Zealand
Kakahi is a small village about 10 kilometres up the Whanganui River from Taumarunui in New Zealand. It can be accessed from State Highway 4 using access roads Waitea Road or Whakapapa Road. Kakahi derives its name from the Kakahi fresh water shellfish which may be found in the area. The North Island Main Trunk Railway passes through Kakahi over the Kakahi Stream via a large concrete pillar and steel girder bridge. Te Rena Road in Kakahi is notable for extensive colonies of glowworms which live all along the sheer banks where the road cuts deeply through the hill side for about 500 metres.
Last century Kakahi was a King Country sawmill town, with four timber mills around the township, many tram lines for moving the timber (mainly totara). Kakahi also had three churches, one hotel (burned to the ground), one boarding house and a pool hall. It still has the active Kakahi Primary School, the Kakahi General Store (also a post office), and the Kakahi Hall (which has been restored to full function by the community).
Kakahi is also noted for trout fly fishing (in-particular the "Kakahi Queen" fly) and for a once resident Peter McIntyre (Official wartime artist for the New Zealand military) who published a book of paintings titled "Kakahi". The Whanganui River and Whakapapa River meet about five kilometres to the east of Kakahi, about 1 km from the end of the Te Rena Road (an old logging tram line).