Central Hawke’s Bay, Railway venue.
Historic Ormondville Railway Station is a quaint venue for those with an interest in NZ settlers’ history and railway nostalgia. The station was built in 1880 and is one of only a handful of early wooden rail buildings that have been preserved. The loss of most other rural stations means that it is now a rare representative of a major part of New Zealand’s history.
The station has a Category Two listing with the NZ Historical Places Trust. In 1997, it won the Rail Heritage Trust’s Restoration Award, and in 2000, it won the National Federation of Rail Societies’ Paul Heighton Trophy for overall “Excellence.”
The station’s main office, crammed with genuine station paraphernalia, serves as a lounge/dining area of distinctive character. There are modern ablutions, and a small, well-equipped kitchen.
This is a working railway, goods trains may pass. For safety, the station is suited to adults rather than young children.
Accommodation is available within the station and in newly-restored traditional workers’ huts, which are mounted on wagons.
Catering can be provided by the The Settlers Arms Tavern opposite, or you may bring your own suppliers.
- Bond/Deposit Required
- Onsite parking
- Small Kitchen
- Tables & chairs included
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Central Hawke's Bay
There are two main towns in Central Hawke’s Bay – Waipukurau and Waipawa – with a number of smaller townships including Otane, Takapau, Tikokino, Porangahau and Ongaonga; as well as several beach townships including Kairakau, Pourerere, Aramoana, Blackhead and Te Paerahi.
State Highway 2 runs through the centre of Central Hawke’s Bay leading south to Palmerston North and the Wairarapa and north to Hastings and Napier.