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Discover Stratford

Stratford District has a varied and interesting history. Its location, coupled with climate and a hardworking ethic, has turned it into a vibrant farming community, with a focus on dairy farming.

Stratford offers the best access points to the iconic Mt Taranaki. Mt Taranaki is a cone shaped 2518m high peak that offers spectacular scenery. There are beautiful walks through the abundant rain forest to waterfalls, wetlands and excellent viewpoints to discover Stratford. Standing as it does in isolation from other mountains it is one of the best parks from which to get an elevated view of another New Zealand – the rural heartland of the Taranaki.

Stratford is also the gateway to the Forgotten World Highway, a 150km long and highly memorable driving or cycling journey that explores the ever-changing landscape between Stratford and Taumaranui. This is one of this country’s most secluded roads, New Zealand’s first Heritage Trail, and explores a scenic route that winds over four mountain saddles, alongside the spectacular Tangarakau Gorge and passes through the 180-metre-long single-lane Moki Tunnel.

Stratford’s glockenspiel is unique to New Zealand and plays a delightfully romantic scene from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet four times daily (10am, 1pm, 3pm and 7pm).

All streets in Stratford are named after Shakespearean plays and characters. An interesting connection to explore.

Stratford is family-friendly and offers a number of other attractions too: Taranaki Pioneer Village, TET King’s Theatre (the first movie theatre in the Southern Hemisphere to show ‘talkies’), Percy Thomson Art Gallery and an indoor swimming pool, not to mention various easy walks to heritage spots and along bush-clad rivers and streams. You can enjoy the fresh mountain air and Discover Stratford!

Our Stories & Attractions

Carrington Walkway

The Walkways

Stratford has a number of unique pathway showcasing many of Stratford’s unique features. Our popular strolls takes you through parks and gardens and follow the pristine crystal clear waters of the Patea River.

Malone Statue

Colonel Malone

Lieutenant Colonel William George Malone was an local war hero in the New Zealand Military Forces who served in the First World War. He commanded the Wellington Infantry Battalion during the Gallipoli Campaign.

TET Kings Theatre

The Kings Theatre

In 1917 the name ‘King’s’ was approved and the theatre was open in 1919. The theatre has a unique cinematic history as it was the first theatre in the Southern Hemisphere to play ‘Talkies’ films, pictures with sound in April 1927.

Stratfords of the World


In 1878 the Taranaki Waste Lands Board declared that all streets of the town of Stratford should be named from the works of William Shakespeare. There are currently 65 streets in the town boundary named from the Bard’s works.