On a fine spring day there is no finer place to be in Manawatu than Colyton. The views across rolling pastureland toward the Ruahine mountain range are postcard perfect scenes of rural New Zealand. The small township is like many in the Manawatu, once a busy service centre but now a small and friendly community that enjoy the countryside living.
The first European settlers came to Colyton as part of the Manchester Block immigration scheme. The Colyton area was covered with some of the most magnificent totara forest in the area, and in the first years of European settlement many sawmills were established here, providing thousands of railways sleepers for the railways then being built throughout the North Island.
The name Colyton was chosen at a meeting of residents, one of whom came from Devon and wanted to commemorate his home village. Colyton in Manawatu once boasted a large hotel, a store, a bakery and a blacksmith shop. Like many other small settlements in New Zealand, the arrival of the motor car spelt the end of Colyton’s retail centre.
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