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Founded in 1872 with the arrival of 21 Norwegian & Danish settler families, Dannevirke is now the largest community in the Tararua District and is well serviced with a modern hospital, two secondary schools and a growing commercial sector.

Dannevirke provides many services for its large rural community and is well equipped with retailing, banking, accounting, legal advisory and insurance services.

The Tararua District, (totalling 424,000 hectares) is of near-rectangular shape. The Tararua District is affectionately known as ‘New Zealand’s River Region’ because of the hundreds of rivers and streams that traverse its borders - the largest being the Manawatu River and its tributaries (Mangahao, Mangatainoka, Makakahi, Makuri and Tiraumea rivers).

The five commercial centres in the district include Pahiatua, Eketahuna, Norsewood, Woodville and Dannevirke - all with their own special characteristics.

With it distinct Scandinavian Heritage, the town’s cemeteries are of considerable importance historically, and the settlers’ cemetery attracts many visitors. The Gallery of History provides an in-depth look at Dannevirke from the 1870s onward. The town also has a proud Maori history, and at Makirikiri Marae you can admire the carvings at the Aotea meeting house. Dannevirke’s Fantasy Cave is a must-see for families with young children; the Viking Ship playground in the Upper Domain is another family attraction.

For Local Activities see the above Directory Tab.  www.tararua.com/Home

Taraua District Council Telephone: 06 374 4080 (North) 06 376 0110 (South)

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Norsewood Viking Festival 2020
  • 29th Feb-1st Mar '20
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Walking and cycling trails

Rokaiwhenua Stream Walk

Trail type: Walking
Direction: One way
Walking Duration: hrs
Tramping: No
Dog Friendly: No

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Te Ara o Mahurangi mountain biking track

Trail type: Cycling
Direction: Loop
Cycling Duration: hrs
Distance: 3.6
Tramping: No
Dog Friendly: No

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Take a walk! (Dannevirke bush walks)

ANZAC PARKStop for a picnic and enjoy a stroll in native forest.3kms north of Norsewood, just off State Highway 2Kumeti Reserve 21 kms from Dannevirke at the end of Kumeti Rd. This Reserve links to the Ruahine Forest Park. Public toilets are available here.

Ngapaeruru Scenic Reserve  Ngapaeruru Road is located 15 kilometres east of Dannevirke. A giant Totara, said to be one …

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