Norsewood is a small township midway between Waipukurau and Dannevirke. The town is famous because of the brand Norsewear and quality winter wear. Most travelers when commuting on State Highway 2 would not take the exit because the township is not visible from the road. I.e. nothing visual to entice the motorist.

The actual town is dissected by the highway. The Norsewear clothing factory and some commercial activities are east of the road and recreational and social located on the west. These include an impressive hotel, coffee shops, craft shops, a church and museum.

Norsewood was founded by Scandinavian settlers in 1872 and there is a small Danish community in New Zealand who descended from a group of early settlers who came out to clear thick North Island bush in the middle years of last century and then stayed on to found settlements like Dannevirke and Norsewood. The museum gives a good insight to the early history of Norsewood.

Next to the museum is the War Memorial, and is interesting to note the Scandinavian names.

At a minimum a stopping off for drink and perusal of the Museum is a must.


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