Getting Here


Finding Eketahuna in the Tararua District

By Road

Many tourists chose the rugged beauty of the Tararua district for a road trip by car, camper or bike. Tararua is very centrally located and a unique East Coast experience making it popular for road travellers as they journey New Zealand.

State Highway 2 is the main route through the Tararua region. Travel north from Wellington or south from Hawke's Bay to come to Tararua on State Highway 2.

Coming from State Highway 1, travel east from Palmerston North City on State Highway 3 towards Woodville via the Saddle Road or along the Pahiatua Track via the Pahiatua Aokautere Road towards Mangamarie (The Manawatu Gorge road is closed due to a slip).

Eketahuna is situated on State Highway 2 between Pahiatua and Masterton, it is a small rural town that can be easily indicated by the giant kiwi that sits on the side of the road as you enter Eketahuna from either side on State Highway 2.  


By Air

The Tararua district is serviced by Palmerston North Airport just 30 minutes from Woodville. The domestic airlines, Air New Zealand, Jetstar and Origin Air all have regular flights in and out of Palmerston North.

For further assistance regarding access to Tararua, and planning your travelling route in New Zealand contact the Tararua Visitor Centre, free phone 0800 827 278, or email, or alternatively visit the Tararua tourism website.


Drive Times

Pahiatua to Eketahuna: 25 km / 20 minutes

Woodville to Eketahuna: 41 km / 30 minutes

Dannevirke to Eketahuna: 68 km / 50 minutes

Palmerston North to Eketahuna: 68 km / 50 minutes

Masterton to Eketahuna: 39 km / 31 minutes   

Wellington to Eketahuna: 135 km / 1 hour 55 minutes

Napier to Eketahuna: 190 km / 2 hours 20 minutes


Contact Us: Elizabeth Fraser-Davies (Biddy), General Enquires.