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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

A Love of Cakes – By Annette

168 Pembroke Road, Stratford 4332
Annette Dudley started her cake business ‘A Love of Cakes – By Annette’ 14 years ago. A Love of Cakes – By Annette is an award-winning business.  In recent years it has been the ‘Wedding Cakes’ category winner three times and has taken out the...

ABC Jamieson Tours Ltd

Midhirst Service Station, 3144 Mountain Road, Midhirst 4394
Bruce Jamieson established ABC Jamieson Tours in Midhirst 14 years ago. ABC Jamieson Tours is a quality bus company that prides itself on its excellent customer service and wide range of bus services. Bus services available: Club Trips School Trips Business Trips Sports Trips Social...

AgriTuff NZ

“My name is Kane Baeyertz, Taranaki bred and operating from the heart of Taranaki……. Stratford.  I have worked in the Transport and Agricultural industry’s for over 15 years as a Sales representative, Parts person and Engineer.  I know the Taranaki region like the back of...

Aitken Transport

833B East Rd, Toko, Stratford 4392
“Aitken’s” began in 1940 when Russell commenced working part-time for P.A. (Perce) Griffiths and then full-time from 1941. Following Perce Griffiths death in 1948, Russell managed the business for the Griffiths Estate until he and his brother Errol took over in 1952 and began trading...

Amble In Motel

4237 Mountain Rd, Ngaere 4393
The Amble In Motel is located on the main road just out of Stratford’s township. Allie and Tom Coyle purchased Amble In Motel in January 2017, since then they have been working hard refurbishing the motel and landscaping the grounds, making the Amble In Motel...

Amity Court Motel

35 Broadway, Stratford 4332
Amity Court Motel was a long-time dream that turned to reality in 2009 for David and Sue Kowalewski after decades of dairy farming locally. With a vision to build quality accommodation on a scale that Stratford hadn’t seen before, Amity Court Motel was created. In...