Tapawera is a very small town that met our ‘check this out’ criteria. The town is very small and is located circa 30 kms from the state highway 6 junction. If you are travelling between Motueka and Murchison you will pass through Tapawera.

The geographic centre of New Zealand is located close to Tapawera, in the nearby Spooner Hills.

Clearly a visit to Tapawera confirms this is a proud community.

All of the items on our checklist are located on the highway.

The Museum is a delight and gives some interesting detail on Tapawera's efforts to retain the railway back in 1951.

The Church is a well kept building.

The Hotel is located in the centre of the township and the War Memorial by the town’s swimming pool.

Be sure to check out that museum.



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