Eltham is the last of the towns on the New Plymouth/ Hawera Mt Taranaki highway. And again struggles in current times. Eltham also services the local rural community, but the mountain has a lesser economic benefit. Eltham is also close to Hawera and the pulling power of the major brands

Eltham is known as the cradle of the Taranaki dairy industry (the co-operative system in particular), and for being the one place in New Zealand that manufactured rennet which is essential in the manufacture of cheese.

Settlement began in Eltham in the 1870s with blocks of densely forested land being taken up mainly to the north of Mountain Road. A profusion of sawmilling companies cleared the district which when grassed was found to be ideal for dairy farming

Eltham has two museums.

The Catholic Church is a significant structure.

Eltham has two trading hotels. And, what a facade.

Eltham does not have a War Memorial (not found); this may be because of the proximity to Hawera and incorporation with that cenotaph.



Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course