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Norsewood is located in New Zealand

Norsewood is a small rural town in the Manawatu-Wanganui Region of New Zealand's North Island. It is situated in the Tararua District. Its population is 330.

The town is situated east of the Ruahine Mountain range and is located 20 kilometres northeast of Dannevirke. Norsewood was founded by Scandinavian settlers in 1872 as a loggers settlement [1] and was subsequently destroyed in a fire in 1888.[2]

A fishing boat, the Bindalsfaering, is displayed in a glassed boat-house in the town. It was a gift from the Norwegian government.

The town appears in the television series The Almighty Johnsons, where some of its descendants are the reincarnations of Norse gods.[3]


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Coordinates: 40°04′S 176°13′E / 40.067°S 176.217°E / -40.067; 176.217