Spend the day in Temuka


Our top picks on what to do in Temuka

See the Richard Pearse memorial

According to legend, Temuka local and aviation pioneer Richard Pearse flew a home-built flying machine for a short distance before landing ungracefully on a gorse hedge.

It was this act, in 1903, that put him in the history books as one of the contenders in the race to become the first man to fly.

While in Temuka, you can ponder Pearse’s achievement, while visiting his roadside memorial.

Location: Main Waitohi Road.

Shop for Temuka pottery

Temuka is well known locally for its impressive Temuka stoneware in production since the 1930s. In New Zealand it’s perhaps best known for the brown Riverstone range sold by the millions in the 1970s.

Drop in (they’re open seven days) to check out the wide range of ceramics. There’s a potter on site most days, so you can watch the process as it happens. There’s a café too if you want to grab a bite to eat.

Location: 57 Vine Street.

Check out the Temuka museum

Temuka’s ornate museum, just off the main road, is one of the country’s most impressive small town public buildings.

Built in the early 1900s, the building was the local courthouse until 1979 and is now the Temuka museum.

Location: 2a Domain Road.

Drop a line in the river

If you’re headed to Temuka during trout season, you might want to drop a line in the Temuka River, a river that runs close to the township.

A small river originating in the hills behind Geraldine, it can be good for brown trout between October and April.

Location: Temuka River.

Grab a pizza from The Blues Kitchen

Pop into The Blues Kitchen on King Street for a pizza. It’s a fully licensed New Orleans inspired restaurant and café – and if you’re there on the first Friday of the month you’ll enjoy live music.

Open six days 5.30pm until late. Closed Mondays.

Location: 134 King Street.