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.