Tokomaru, New Zealand

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Population: 552 (2013)
Territorial Authority
Horowhenua District

Tokomaru is a small town in the district of Horowhenua, in the southwestern North Island of New Zealand. It is located 18 kilometres southwest of Palmerston North, and a similar distance northeast of Shannon.


At the 2013 census, Tokomaru had a population of 552, an increase of 36 people (7%) since the 2006 census. There were 201 occupied dwellings and 15 unoccupied dwellings.[1]

City Facilities and Attractions[edit]

Tokomaru is best known for the Tokomaru Steam Engine Museum, a collection of antique steam engine machinery, much of it still operational and run on certain days. Highlights include a 1904 Fowler traction engine, an 1897 Aveling & Porter portable engine and a huge 335 hp Filer & Stowell stationary engine-compressor ex the Imlay Freezing Works, Wanganui.

Tokomaru School provides both the Primary and Intermediate Level schooling for the area.[2] The public library is on the school grounds.[3]

Tokomaru has two public reserves. The Tokomaru Domain, a sports field and hall; and Horseshoe Bend reserve.[4]

The town has a locally run combined dairy/post office.

On the outskirts of Tokomaru is two factories. One, Stevensons Construction, is still operational and employs a large number of Tokomaru residents. The other is a former dairy factory that is in the process of being renovated.[5]

Tokomaru Domain is also home to A Bowmens Gathering, a re-enactment group whose focus is that of Archery, predominantly the longbow. Shooting at the Tokomaru Domain around four times a year, the group is composed of archers and re-enactors from all over the North Island of New Zealand from Auckland to Wellington


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Coordinates: 40°28′19″S 175°30′32″E / 40.472°S 175.509°E / -40.472; 175.509