Welcome to our Eltham, Taranaki, New Zealand web site.
Come take some time out and unwind here in Eltham.
We have a unique collection of fabulous shops, lovely heritage buildings and great coffee.
Take a look around the town and discover our town’s treasures of various types including clothing, antiques, gifts, arts and crafts galleries and collectables.
Check out the heritage walk around Eltham village, sports and recreation clubs, craft, our native plant nursery and discover our beautiful lakes and walk ways.
Accommodation available includes freedom camping, backpackers, camp-sites motels and bed and breakfasts. See our accommodation page for more information.
See the “Eltham Take Time Out” brochure available at various places around the town for more details.
The Eltham economy is based around award winning innovative industry such as dairying, cheese manufacturing, engineering, meat works, tourism and a growing information technology sector.
It’s official, as of August 2010 Eltham holds the record for the world’s biggest scone. Eltham broke the existing Guinness World Record with a giant 121kg scone - creaming the previous British record of 60kg.
We have a page on this site called 'Information for Mums'. If you are a mum to an under 6 year old then this page is for you. It is a list of activity's and places you and your child can go, like playcentres, Plunket, Kindergarten and more, with times, dates and contact information. Click here for a link to the page or click on the links above.
The photo above was taken when the movie "The Predicament" was filmed in town, in 2009
In the News:
Eltham Friday Market
Friday Markets are held 9.30 to 12.30 in the Central Tavern Carpark. Weather permitting.
The first Eltham Downhill Cheese Race and Market Day 2010
What a great day in Eltham on Saturday the 27th of March 2010. The town was full of people, taking advantage of the many stalls around. A cheese grating competition was held, and cheese tasting competition, plus a spot the fluffy mouse competition for the children. Geoff Old an Ex All Black and Ex-Elthamite was in town for the proceedings and there was a couple from Canada in town also, they had heard about the Down Hill Cheese Race while visiting in Rotorua and came over for the event.
The Down Hill Cheese Race started at 12.30 with over 100 competitors. There were 5 races across Primary, secondary and Open grades. The Primary was split into 2 due to the large number of children of varying ages. Our mayor Ross Dunlop joined in the fun and raced in the Mens open event.
See our News Page for photos of the days events. Pictured directly below are the cheeses being carried up hill by Our Mayor Ross Dunlop in red, Shaun McCarthy in yellow and Alex Ballantyne Official race starter in the top hat.
Below: the secondary boys race at the top of the hill
ROTOKARE SCENIC RESERVE
There are working bees every Sunday at 9am if anyone is interested. Volunteer bulletins are updated monthly.
Eltham is located within Taranaki, 10km south of Stratford and 20km north of Hawera. Its a small yet busy town and there is always a lot going on here.
The settlement was proclaimed a town district in 1884 and on 10 October 1901 was constituted a borough. Our Town Hall was built 1911, and we will be celebrating the Town Hall centennial in 2011.
Eltham is a town of firsts!
The Axemen Carnival 1911
Men from all over New Zealand, Australia and further a field flocked to the Taranaki town on Boxing Day each year. In 1911, Charles Wilkinson organised Wanganui photographer Charles F. Newham to make a 1000-foot (300-metre) movie of the carnival. This was shown at the Wilkinson Picture Hall two weeks later in January 1912.