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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 8 (February 1, 1931)


A gem set in the midst of four beautiful streams—the angler's delight, the camper's holiday resort, the ideal rest place after the strenuous work of the year. Such is the town of Temuka, on the main line of railway, 89 miles south of Christchurch. A grain-growing and pastoral centre, its main street and residential area a picture of neatness, it has a restful charm about it that at once communicates itself to the observant visitor, who will, if wise, make a mental note of its many striking attractions for his holiday programme.

Temuka means “The Strong Oven,” the original being “Te Umu-Kaha,” a name derived from the fact that there were numerous Maori ovens (remains of which are still traceable) in the old days. There is a Maori pa at Arowhenua (situated between the Temuka and the Opihi rivers), an interesting place, with its native school and church.

Temuka is justly proud of its Domain, a magnet attracting visitors and picnic parties from all over the South Island. One of the best evidences of its famed popularity is the annually returning hosts of merry picnickers from near and far who, having once experienced the pleasure of an outing in the sunshine of Victoria Park, with its profusion and wealth of colour and forest surroundings, always vote for a return visit at the first available opportunity.

Another outstanding feature of this magnificent Domain is the splendidly equipped sports grounds, every class of sport being catered for. Tennis courts, croquet lawns, bowling greens, golf links, cricket and football grounds, cycle track, swimming baths, all in close proximity. You step out of the one into the other, and one or other is always gay with life, according to the season, whilst every visitor is welcomed in the true sporting spirit, and made to feel at home by the various club officials and members.