Patea is midway between Wanganui and
Hawera and is not as severely affected by the Wanganui factor. Patea
has strength of purpose that a number of small communities could
In the 1920s Patea was the largest cheese exporting
port in the world. The Grader Cool Store received cheese for grading
from all over South Taranaki and as far south as Oroua Downs near
Patea has retained a strong community focus and enjoys
many services. This includes a well-resourced medical centre, public
swimming pool and trust-owned rest home.
and Anglican Churches
in Patea are quite something. The Anglican in particular.
The Patea War Memorial
and Maori sea canoelhave
The Patea Museum
a striking building,
but is closed at weekends!!!But does have the ‘shop’ that is a
testimony to a bygone meat industry.
Patea has two hotels that continue to trade.
Patea has a lot going for it and the traveler should
take an hour or so to enjoy