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 study.

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 Himatangi.

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.

The Catholic and Anglican Churches in Patea are quite something. The Anglican in particular.

The Patea War Memorial and Maori sea canoelhave great prominence.

The Patea Museum is 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


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