Stratford is another of those towns in the shadow of Mount Taranaki. Stratford also benefits from tourism and providing services to the township and rural communities in the area. Stratford is also the entry/exit point to the ‘forgotten highway’ to Tauramanui; a road for many is by-passed for other easier handling options.

Stratford is another of those towns struggling with the past and current economic outlook.

The application Stratford has given to ‘those that served’ is unique in New Zealand, and likewise the treatment to a war hero being the single largest war memorial to a serving individual.

Stratford is on the banks of the Pate River, at the junction of the Patea River and Paetahi Stream, approximately 15 km east of the headwaters.

On December 3, 1877, the name Stratford-upon-Patea was adopted. The supposed similarity of the Patea River to the River Avon in England.

Today New Zealand's only glockenspiel clock tower plays the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet three times a day.

The churches are Stratford is modern history establishments.

The Empire Hotel has great profile on the main street.

Stratford does not have a museum per se but the 'historic village' on the southern edge of town is an historic combination of old buildings.

Allow half a day minimum 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