Tinui was the site of the world's first Anzac Day service on 25 April 1916 - a defining moment in New Zealand history. This tiny settlement (about 25 permanent residents) is 40 minutes' drive from Masterton on the road to Castlepoint.
Every year on Anzac Day hundreds flock to take part in commemorations. You can visit the church at any time of year, or walk up to the cross between 1 November and 25 April.
Stop for a look, or stay the night
The ANZAC Story
In 1914 there were over a thousand single men in the area, and many volunteered to go to war. In 1916 Rev. Basil Ashcroft held an ANZAC ceremony at Tinui's Church of the Good Shepherd and then erected a cross on top of Mount Maunsel which overlooks the village. While the original cross has been replaced, it is still in its original position.
Visit the cross on the hill
If you're fit and have a couple of hours to spare, you can climb to the summit on the Tinui Anzac Walkway. The walk is open from 1 November to 25 April. It starts from the Tinui Cemetery and climbs through native bush and private farmland. Pick up a brochure from an i-SITE Visitor Centre or call into the Tinui Cafe and Bar for more information.
Things to do nearby
- Stop at Rewanui Forest Park on your way to Tinui (it's just before the Riversdale turn-off) - a series of of loop walks through a 334 hectare farm, taking in native bush and pine forest.
- Visit Tinui Food Forest, one of the largest and most established food forests in New Zealand with hundreds of varieties of fruit and nut trees, berries, herbs, climbers and flowers.