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Stratford is a safe, welcoming community in prime location to all Taranaki has to offer. Its climate along with the hard-working ethic of the local people, have created a foundation for the vibrant farming and dairy industries. It’s proximity to Mt Taranaki makes Stratford one of the best access points to the 2518m climb and other outdoors activities. Plus its central location means when you’re in Stratford you’re never far from your next destination.

Its stunning natural setting is unique to Stratford, with a constant, closeup view of the iconic Mount Taranaki. As a beautiful, highly symmetrical, stand-alone mountain, Mt Taranaki (also known as Mt Egmont) offers picture-perfect opportunities. Stratford is also home to some of the best access points to Mt Taranaki, including a number of scenic walks that take you through dense New Zealand rainforest, waterfalls and wetlands as well as offer breathtaking viewpoints of the wider region.

Another iconic feature of Stratford is the town’s Glockenspiel Clock Tower that plays a scene from Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ daily. Part of the unique character of Stratford comes from its namesake – Stratford Upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. As a tribute, all streets are named after Shakespearean plays and characters, contributing to the subtle charm of the town.

The quiet nature and close-knit community provide a safe and welcoming place for visitors and families. There are a number of schools, parks and playgrounds for the kids as well as an indoor swimming pool, TET King’s Theatre, Pioneer Village and Percy Thomson Art Gallery. The local library has plenty of activities and the calendar year is generally full of fun events suited for all ages.

With so much to see, do and explore, Stratford is the perfect place to start your next journey.

Discover Stratford Businesses

Cooks Honda

137 Broadway, Stratford 4332
Cooks Honda is locally owned and operated by a team that is experienced and passionate about motorbikes. We have three locations, being New Plymouth, Stratford & Hawera in the beautiful region of Taranaki. At Cooks Honda we pride ourselves on providing fast and friendly service,...

Rod Gordon

Corner of Broadway and Fenton Street, Stratford 4332
Rod Gordon was born in Stratford.  He studied Law at the University of Otago, Dunedin, and started practicing Law in 1978. Rod Gordon specializes in Conveyancing (Residential and Farm Properties), Wills, Trusts and Estates. The combination of Rod’s legal experience and local knowledge, ensures his...

Dads & Lads

231 Broadway, Stratford 4332
Amii established Dads & Lads in Stratford approximately 7 years ago. Dads & Lads is a male exclusive salon, that specialises in male grooming. Dads & Lads run a no appointment system and you can also view the queue online at your convenience and come...


231 Broadway, Stratford 4332
Amii purchased the well established Stratford salon Evolution approximately 1 year ago. Evolution is a quality Joico hair dressing salon.  Amii and her friendly team at Evolution, are committed to providing their customers with excellent service, products and advice. Some of the services that are...


6 Fenton Street, Stratford 4332
FIVE STAR LIQUOR started out as a family run liquor store that supplied the local Hotel in the 1970’s. In 1995 Dave Whittle took over his fathers liquor store. The family business continued to grow and evolve, turning into the ‘FIVE STAR LIQUOR’ store that...

Elizabeth Jean Weddings

2 Orlando Street, Stratford 4332
Lizzy is so passionate about what she does and believes that weddings are about creating one off and unique events, weddings that represent the couple and have the ability to tell their love story. This passion was where her business Elizabeth Jean Weddings was created...