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If you like to fossick around antique shops, spend a few hours in Woodville. Hunt for china, collectables and authentic New Zealand knick knacks.

Woodville sits at the junction of three regions – Manawatu, Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa. The town is a popular stop for antique lovers, who enjoy the charming shops packed full of collectables and colonial furniture. The Woodville Pioneer Museum is home to an antique teapot collection numbering 600, while a unique collection of more than 100 organs are on show at the Woodville Organ Museum. Gottfried Lindauer, one of New Zealand’s most famous artists, lived and worked here in the early 1900s. You can visit a replica studio to see copies of his works.

Woodville is close to two forest parks – Tararua and Ruahine. Both parks are known for their fishing, hiking and hunting opportunities. Nearby Woodville is the Manawatu Gorge, fun to explore by kayak and mountain bike. At the tiny settlement of Ballance, you can catch a horse-drawn wagon tour to view the awe-inspiring Tararua Wind Farm.

Functional facts: Approx. population 1400, basic shops and services, cafés and restaurants.

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