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Wendy & Colin 09.03.2018 We visited this lovely little settlement last week and were amazed its history and the well preserved buildings. We didn't realise that the world's first Anzac Day service was held here!!! Tinui is a real credit to the community.
Rod Henden 21.10.2017 A very pleasant place & I enjoyed seeing the historic buildings,museum and craft shop. It was made even better that someone in our group was born in Tinui so we got extra tidbits of info
Karen Bidlake 17.03.2017 Looking for history about the Tinui Hotel and its owners through the years before the original building was transported to Martinborough.
Neil and Sharlene 30.01.2017 AN amazing piece of NZ history which we will try to help keep alive on our travels. Lovely village and church. Thank you.
Alice & MArco 27.01.2017 Lovely village with amazing people...miss Tinui very much!
Nicola 29.04.2016 Loved the 2016 Anzac Service. The young girl playing the Last Post was a beautiful tribute to those have past. Thank you to the organisers and everyone who ensures all visitors are welcomed, well fed and guided up the cross. I recommend a visit to anyone.
Te Runga Air Scouts 02.02.2016 Te Runga is looking forward to being there again
Doug and Chris 29.10.2015 We were there for the 2015 Anzac service, and will be back again , ( from Victoria Australia) for the 2016 event. Air tickets already booked. ??
Sandy 26.04.2015 An incredible crowd, a stirring service, a memorable walk to the cross and a great catch up with visitors. Thanks to all those who made it happen. 2016 commemorations are going to be amazing
kaetrin 17.04.2015 show us your orchid
Janine 18.03.2015 Just walked to the Anzac cross - what an amazing view! It's a must-do of the Wairarapa. Had salt and pepper squid at the Tinui Cafe and Bar after - yum!!
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Tinui District

Tinui is a small farming community 30 minutes east of Masterton.  It’s on the road to Castlepoint and Mataikona and well worth a visit.  There’s tasty food and refreshments at the Tinui Cafe & Bar, local handcrafted products for sale at the Craft Corner and our very own museum.  It’s a historic area registered with Heritage New Zealand and with good reason (see our Local History). Tinui has been around for a long time and has plenty of early settler stories as well as our highly regarded Anzac connection.  It's also a great place for weddings, corporate events and fun stuff - visit our For Visitors page and find out more. 
The Anzac Connection

In 1916, the Rev Basil Ashcroft held the first Anzac Day commemoration in the Tinui Church of the Good Shepherd, before leading villagers to the top of Mt. Maunsell (Tinui Taipo as it is known locally) to erect a permanent memorial. That wooden cross became the first Anzac memorial of its type in New Zealand and stood on the hilltop for nearly 50 years before an aluminium cross replaced it in 1965.  Forty-eight people from the village died in the two world wars.  Visit our Anzac page to find out more.

Local school kids at the raising of the Anzac memorial cross in 1965.
Help us with our Givealittle Cause

We are in the process of raising funds to save our historic church and have started a Givealittle page to help us achieve our goal.  Please visit our page to find out more; https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/tinuianzacchurchrestoration

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Tinui Fact
We have an orchid unique to our area growing on one of the farms.  Scientists from Wellington come to see it every year!