Woodville is the ‘wind farm’ capital of New Zealand. There is no doubt the electric turbines that follow the ridge above Woodville is compelling. An eyesore to behold. To some though an engineering feat that has to address the potential electricity shortfall NZ may have to confront.
A growing tourist attraction, the turbines can be seen for miles around. Woodville now uses this fact as part of it promotion. However many people consider the windmills to be an eyesore and believe they are detrimental to the environmental landscape, seen as far away as Palmerston North.
Woodville is at the junction of State Highway 2 and highway xx.
Very little light industry has survived into the 21st century, and the local agricultural community is supported from Palmerston North, Pahiatua or Dannevirke.
Woodville continues to host a successful horse-racing, rearing and training industry, based at the Woodville & Pahiatua Jockey Club's track on the north-east of the town.
Woodville is a struggling community, but with only a short visit one senses a better future.