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Uruti is located in Taranaki Region
Coordinates: 38°56′40″S 174°31′42″E / 38.94444°S 174.52833°E / -38.94444; 174.52833Coordinates: 38°56′40″S 174°31′42″E / 38.94444°S 174.52833°E / -38.94444; 174.52833
CountryNew Zealand
DistrictNew Plymouth District

Uruti is a locality in northern Taranaki, in the North Island of New Zealand. It is located on State Highway 3, north-east of Mimi and south-west of Ahititi. The Uruti Stream meets the Mimi River at this point. The river flows past the settlement into the North Taranaki Bight.[1][2]

A district nurse was appointed to serve the backblocks of the Uruti Valley in 1909. This was the first district nursing service in New Zealand.[3][4]

The Uruti tunnel links the Uruti Valley with the main highway. It was completed in 1923 and is the longest and most unstable tunnel in Taranaki.[5]

The 1984 film Vigil was filmed at Uruti.[6] Much of the 2003 film The Last Samurai was filmed in the Uruti Valley, with Mount Taranaki/Egmont standing in for Mount Fuji.[7]


Uruti School is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 3 and a roll of 13.[8] The school celebrated its centennial in 1998.[9]


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 35. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 74. ISBN 1-877333-20-4.
  3. ^ Maclean, Hester (1932). "XVI. Back-Block District Nursing". Nursing in New Zealand: History and Reminiscences. pp. 86–87.
  4. ^ "MACLEAN, Hester, R.R.C.". Encyclopedia of New Zealand (1966).
  5. ^ Bartle, Rhonda (17 February 2005). "Road Tunnels of Taranaki". Puke Ariki. Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2008.
  6. ^ "Vigil film set". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.
  7. ^ "The Last Samurai New Zealand Film Location". Tourism New Zealand. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2008.
  8. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Uruti School". Ministry of Education. Archived from the original on 21 October 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2008.
  9. ^ "Jubilees & reunions: Uruti School". Education Gazette New Zealand. 75 (17). 30 September 1996.[dead link]

Further reading[edit]

General historical works[edit]

  • Brooks, Glenwyss (comp.) (1995). How green was our valley: collected memories of Uruti. New Plymouth, [N.Z.]: Aries Print. ISBN 0-473-02685-6.


  • "1904-1954, golden jubilee / with the compliments of the Uruti Valley Co-operative Dairy Company, Limited". New Plymouth, [N.Z.]: Avery Print. 1954. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)


  • "Uruti School 60th jubilee: in conjunction with Messenger, Musker's, Pehu: 16th-18th May 1958". Uruti, [N.Z.] ; New Plymouth, [N.Z.]: Jubilee Committee, 1958 ; Taranaki Daily News Co. Ltd. 1958. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  • Wilson, Christine; Brooks, Glenwyss (comps.) (0–473–05920–7). "Uruti School, 1898-1998: in celebration of 100 years". New Plymouth, [N.Z.]: Uruti School Centennial Committee. Cite journal requires |journal= (help); Check date values in: |year= (help)