Eketahuna is the third town of the European town of the European enigma. Norsewood distinctly Scandinavia, Dannevirke, distinctly Dutch, and Eketahuna distinctly a mystery. Ekatahuna, when visited was very cold and very windy.
Eketahuna is a small rural service town, the most southerly in the Tararua District in the Manawatu region
It was originally called Mellenskov and so too was Masterton; but was renamed soon after its founding. As at going to print the source of the name is still a mystery.
The town is located at the foot of the Tararua Ranges which lie to the west. It is 35 kilometres north of Masterton. It is situated on State Highway 2 and the eastern bank of the Makakahi River.
Eketahuna is considered by some to be the epitome of stereotypical rural New Zealand towns, and is occasionally used in conversation to represent "the real New Zealand". The 2001 census recorded Eketahuna's population at 579.
New Zealanders colloquially refer to the town of Eketahuna the way other English speakers refer to Timbuktu, i.e., the middle of nowhere, "the sticks", the end of the world. Travelers invariably pass through Ekatahuna. Very few people go there.