Stratford Heritage Trail
The Stratford Heritage Walkway combines the unique features of Stratford: areas of parks and gardens, the crystal clear mountain-fed waters of the Patea River, the Shakespearean background reflected in street names, and the pioneering development of the town as outlined by many buildings and points of special interest.
Points of Interest
A. Bell Tower
This tower was constructed in 1981. The bells were removed from the old clock tower (built in 1924 and demolished in 1963) and lay in disuse for 20 years until this tower was built. The original clock tower and bells were built as a memorial to the soldiers of Stratford who fell in the Boer War and WW1.
B. Malone Memorial Gates
The largest war memorial to an individual soldier in NZ was erected in 1923 to recognise the outstanding bravery and leadership of Lieutenant Colonel W C Malone of Stratford who died at the battle of Chunuk Bair at Gallipoli.
C. Kauri Tree and Lone Pine
This kauri tree was planted in 1954 to commemorate the visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip to Stratford. The lone conifer tree was planted from a seedling off Lone Pine Ridge in Gallipoli.
Erected in 1902 to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII.
E. Otago Chambers
Built in 1912/1913, this impressive brick structure has housed a law firm associated with the Thomson family since that date.
F. Newton King
Once a livery stable then a vehicle and machinery centre.
I. Victoria Bridge
This wide bridge was opened in 1924 by the Prime Minister, Hon J C Coates.
J. Salvation Army Building
This has been the site of the Salvation Army since it was built in 1894.
L. Curtis Store Site
Site of the first shop in Stratford in 1878.
M. Hall of Remembrance
This unique war memorial of photographs commemorates soldiers from the district who lost their lives in the Boer War and two World Wars.
O. Post Office
Site of the original Post Office built 1896.
P. Clock Tower/Glockenspiel
This Elizabethan-style clock tower was built in 1996 and surrounds the previous tower built in the 1960s. The tower hosts NZ’s first glockenspiel which performs four times daily (10am, 1pm, 3pm & 7pm) a 5-minute sequence depicting the world’s best known love story, Romeo and Juliet.
Q. Kings Theatre
Built in 1918, the first talking pictures in the Southern Hemisphere were shown here in 1925.
R. Prospero Place
Originally part of a gully and stream which was piped and filled in. Now a popular pedestrian link between Broadway and Miranda Street.
Details of this and other walks within Taranaki are available in the Walkers Guide to Taranaki brochure which can be viewed on taranaki.co.nz