The settlement of Eketahuna is situated on the banks of the Makakahi River. In kiwi slang, Eketahuna represents the archetypal small country town.
Eketahuna is a friendly rural town nestled in the shadow of the Tararua Ranges. The early pioneers - Swedes, English, Norwegians and Germans – originally named the town Mellemskov. This name was eventually discarded in favour of ‘Eketahuna’, a Maori word which means to run aground on a sandbank (this name originated because Maori canoes could not paddle beyond this part of the Makakahi River). A sheep and dairy farming area, Eketahuna is also known for deer farming and horse breeding. The town has a museum, a picturesque golf course, a café and a couple of craft shops. There are hunting and bush walking opportunities close by.
Functional facts: Approx. population 4600, limited accommodation, fuel.
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