ELTHAM Taranaki, New Zealand

Take some time out and unwind here in Eltham


Welcome to our Eltham, Taranaki, New Zealand web site.

Come take some time out and unwind here in Eltham.

We have a unique collection of fabulous shops,  lovely heritage buildings and great coffee.

Take a look around the town and discover our town's treasures of various types including clothing, antiques, gifts, arts and crafts galleries and collectables.

Check out the heritage walk around Eltham village, sports and recreation clubs, craft, our native plant nursery and discover our beautiful lakes and walk ways.

Accommodation available includes freedom camping, backpackers, camp-sites motels and bed and breakfasts.

See the Eltham Take Time Out brochure available at various places around the town for more details.

The Eltham economy is based around award winning innovative industry such as dairying, cheese manufacturing, engineering, meat works, tourism and a growing information technology sector.

It's official, as of August 2010 Eltham holds the record for the world?s biggest scone. Eltham broke the existing Guinness World Record with a giant 121kg scone - creaming the previous British record of 60kg.

Check out our Facebook page for local events and news,  and more!!!!

We have a page on this site called 'Information for parents'. If you are a parent to an under 6 year old then this page is for you.  It is a list of activity's and places you and your child can go, like playcentres, Plunket, Kindergarten and more, with times, dates and contact information. Click here for a link to the page or click on the links above.



The photo above was taken when the movie "The Predicament" was filmed in town, in 2009


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Eltham Friday Market

Friday Markets are held 9.30 to 12.30 in the TouchPoint Carpark. Weather permitting.


The Eltham Downhill Cheese Race and Market Day 2010

What a great day in Eltham on Saturday the 27th of March 2010. The town was full of people, taking advantage of the many stalls around. A cheese grating competition was held, and cheese tasting competition, plus a spot the fluffy mouse competition for the children. Geoff Old an Ex All Black and Ex-Elthamite was in town for the proceedings and there was a couple from Canada in town also, they had heard about the Down Hill Cheese Race while visiting in Rotorua and came over for the event.

The Down Hill Cheese Race started at 12.30 with over 100 competitors. There were 5 races across Primary, secondary and Open grades. The Primary was split into 2 due to the large number of children of varying ages. Our mayor Ross Dunlop joined in the fun and raced in the Mens open event.

Pictured directly below are the cheeses being carried up hill by Our Mayor Ross Dunlop in red, Shaun McCarthy in yellow and Alex Ballantyne Official race starter in the top hat.   

Below: the secondary boys race at the top of the hill

Click here to see more of the 2010 Downhill Cheese race



Please see our News page for information on the Rotokare Trusts latest working bees and other events. There are working bees every Sunday at 9am if anyone is interested. Volunteer bulletins are updated monthly.

The Rotokare web site is  http://www.rotokare.org.nz/  if you would like any other information. Or you can email them on mailto:[email protected]

Other contact information for the Rotokare Trust is on our Business and Clubs page. Click here to view.


Historical Eltham...

Eltham is located within Taranaki, 10km south of Stratford and 20km north of Hawera. Its a small yet busy town and there is always a lot going on here. 

The settlement was proclaimed a town district in 1884 and on 10 October 1901 was constituted a borough. Our Town Hall was built 1911, and we will be celebrating the Town Hall centennial in 2011.

Eltham is a town of firsts!

  • The classic pound of butter was first made at Eltham in New Zealand's first commercial butter factory, which opened in Eltham in December 1887.
  • Eltham was the first town in New Zealand to get a tarred macadam street in 1906.
  • The Pease Building which was built in 1909, was the first building to have a suspended concrete floor, and stands on huge legs of solid concrete.
  • In 1901, Eltham held the first ever World Axemen's Carnival. The clip below shows, George  McCauley, winning the 2 foot chopping world championship in Eltham, New Zealand in 1911. The clip is taken from footage of the World Championship Axemen's Carnival.
  • The first Rotary cowshed was designed in Eltham.
  • Quick release trailer couplings - Carac Couplings


The Axemen Carnival 1911



Men from all over New Zealand, Australia and further a field flocked to the Taranaki town on Boxing Day each year. In 1911, Charles Wilkinson organised Wanganui photographer Charles F. Newham to make a 1000-foot (300-metre) movie of the carnival. This was shown at the Wilkinson Picture Hall two weeks later in January 1912.




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