. Midhurst .

One of the most distinctive features of the township is the towering concrete and glass milk-powder drying plant, which was one of New Zealand’s most advanced in its time (1980). The factory closed after amalgamating with Kiwi Dairies in 1983.


Midhirst is named after James Hirst, an early settler.

York Road, 2 km north of Midhirst, leads to Taranaki Maunga (Mount Taranaki/Egmont) National Park. In the park, the York Road Loop Track follows the Egmont branch line railway, laid about 19056 to carry road metal from a quarry on the mountain. The line was finally closed in 1951 after years of decline.


Midhurst is a small township 6 km north of Stratford on main state highway 3.


Population of 252 in 2018, 234 in 2013


Average temperature 12°C
Average rainfall 2363mm

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Midhurst School



Midhurst School is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 6 and a roll of 140.The school was founded in 1880