Established in 1866, Marton is an historic rural New Zealand town with a significant agricultural and industry-based history. Marton's strong and proud identity is reflected in the wide range of character homes and historic buildings to be found upon our Broadway.
Originally called Tutaenui, Marton was established in 1866 then renamed in 1869 to be called Marton, after the birth place of James Cook. Wikipedia cites "it is not known if this change of name was influenced by the mistranslation of 'tutae' (meaning 'dung') and 'nui' (meaning 'large').(Actual translation: 'tu' -stand, 'tae' -arrive, 'nui' big; i.e., a 'big gathering')".
The towns industry’s grew significantly with the development of the main trunk line. The opening of the railway line joining Wanganui to Palmerston North in 1878, now part of the north island main trunk line railway (towards Palmerston North and Auckland) and the Marton-New Plymouth line (towards Wanganui), turned Marton into a thriving railway junction for the next 100 years.
Arguably the most affordable town in the country, Marton offers a large number of quality homes with an abundance of easy living lifestyle options.
Marton has long been known for schools of excellence with 9 schools including renowned boarding schools, Huntley and Nga Tawa Diocesan School for Girls.
Feilding 25 mins, Palmerston North 40 Mins, Wanganui 30 mins, Taupo 2.5 hours, Wellington 2.25 hours.