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98 Pendarves Street 2017

New Plymouth Buildings



Cutfield Road 

Taranaki Street Names



Alpha Flourmill Stones

Heritage Sites and Features 

Ararata Hall - 1910

Taranaki Halls

N P Cenotaph

Taranaki War Memorials WWI and WWII


Rowe, Henry

Plymouth Company Settlers

Waitara Post Office

Waitara Buildings


Cutis' Building

Inglewood Buildings


 Ngaere Co-op Dairy Factory

Taranaki Dairy Factories



Whangamomona Road Tunnel #1 - Northern Portal

Taranaki Tunnels

1 Ngatoki Street 2017

Urenui Buildings

St John the Evangelist

Taranaki Churches


1671 South Road Open2View

Oakura Buildings


NZ Wars Memorial

War Memorials of the  Taranaki Wars

Te Henui, New Walkway bridges

Friends of Te Henui


Caplen Building 1882

Hawera Buildings


Municipal Buildings 1916

Stratford Buildings


Club Hotel

Opunake Buildings 


Patea Post Office

Patea Buildings


Waverley Hotel

Waverley Buildings


Central Hotel, Eltham

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Paritutu Road.

Paritutu Road

Known as Paritūtū Road since at least 1854, the name of this street was of course taken from Paritūtū itself.

Remnant of an ancient volcano, Māori had flattened the summit of Paritūtū (the name means upright cliff) to build whare and food storage pits and a fortified pā was constructed at the eastern base. The rock was sighted by Captain James Cook through his telescope on 13 January 1770 and noted in his diary as “a very remarkable point on the Main that riseth to a good height”.

By the 1890s

Longfellow Road street sign.

Longfellow Road street sign

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was one of the most famous poets of the Victorian era.

Born in the United States in 1807, he was a professor at Harvard and fluent in 15 languages when he became a celebrity in the 1840s. His long poem based on Native American legend, “The song of Hiawatha”, sold 4000 copies on its first day alone and spawned Hiawatha-branded tobacco, bicycles, soap, potato sacks, thermometers and biscuit tins. His work was hugely popular throughout the English-speaking world (admirers included Abraham Lincoln and Charles Dickens) and

Bayly Street.

Bayly Street

Waitara’s Bayly Street was named after a man known as “the Father of Waitara”.

Thomas Bayly Junior arrived in New Plymouth as a young boy in 1841. His parents and four siblings, along with two uncles, their wives and children, all sailed on the Amelia Thompson. Uncle William was a butcher who became New Plymouth’s fourth Mayor and also has a street named after him, Bayly Road in Moturoa.

Born on 29 January 1832 in Cornwall, Thomas Jr spent the reminder of his childhood on the family farm at Kaipakopako. His

Bruce Road, Toko.

Bruce Road, Toko 

Government dislike of land speculators is no new political fashion. The early development of the Toko Block, east of Stratford, was hindered for a long time because of this very reason.

Unlike many inland areas, from the 1880s land around Toko was being bought and sold by private owners. They considered it to be ideal sheep country. However, they wanted better road access. Streams and swamps in the area reduced the dirt roads to impassible, muddy messes in bad weather.

The Liberal Party formed a Government

Wentworth Lane .

Wentworth Lane

Wentworth Lane is another of the golf-themed street names common in the Links subdivision in Bell Block.

It is named after a privately owned golf club and health resort located in Virginia Water, Surrey. The clubhouse was built in the 19th Century as the home for the brother-in-law of the Duke of Wellington. The development of the golf courses was the brainchild of a builder W.G. Tarrant who began an ambitious housing development in 1912, the key being a golf course next to the project.

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