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Wellington to Napier weekend road trip

Eketahuna

Eketahuna @NZHerald Eketahuna @NZHerald

The town where the residents own the grocery store, art gallery and medical centre. Eketahuna is a quintessential small kiwi town with a ‘Eke’ story unique to the passionate residents. Naturally  Pukaha, National Mt Bruce Wildlife Centre as a highlight. Together with quirky art, a marvellous model railway world, cafes and walks there are a lot of reasons to stop a while and explore the district.

INTERESTING FACT

In 1920 Prince of Wales (briefly Edward VIII) of Mrs Simpson fame toured the colonies. The train stopped in Eketahuna for water, however he did not make an appearance. Annoyed locals burnt effigies of bureaucrats responsible for the oversight. To send a clear message, fire bells were rung.

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