Inglewood being only ten minutes drive from New Plymouth and work opportunities is a thriving little town that has created a strong identity in the Taranaki area and is home to TET stadium with its world-class, all-weather Mondo athletic track as well as the Fun Ho! National Toy Museum which has on display over 3,000 Fun Ho! toys and a hay barn style theatrette.
Inglewood was named by Philip Colin Threkeld for Inglewood Forest in Cumberland, United Kingdom. The settlement was founded in 1873, and its name rapidly progressed from Moatown to Milton, before being renamed to Inglewood in 1875 to avoid confusion with Milton in the South Island.
A number of buildings are listed by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Of those, the Railway Station and Yard is the only one listed as Category I. The McDonald Real Estate building on the corner of Rata and Richmond Streets is one of eight listed as Category II.
Inglewood was home to the Moa-Nui Co-operative Dairies factory, before it merged with Kiwi Co-operative Dairies (later Fonterra) based at Hawera in 1991. Until comparatively recently, the dual chimneys of the factory could be seen from miles away.
Inglewood is located 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) southeast of New Plymouth on State Highway 3, close to Mount Taranaki/Egmont. The town lies 200 metres (660 ft) above sea level. It is a small town servicing a mainly dairy farming region. Although close to New Plymouth, the town has the usual stores and services for town and country.
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Population 3,090 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 144 from 2001. In 2013 it had risen to 3,243.
Average temperature 12.80°C
Average rainfall 2299mm
Inglewood High School
Inglewood High School is a coeducational secondary (years 9-13) school with a decile rating of 6 and a roll of 425. The school was established in 1957.
Inglewood School is a full primary (years 1-8) school with decile rating of 5 and roll of 333. Inglewood school was founded in 1875.
St Patrick's School
St Patrick's School is a full primary (years 1-8) school with decile ratings of 5 and roll of 77. St Patrick's is a state integrated Catholic school.
Fun Ho Toy Museumhttp://www.funhotoys.co.nz/
Fun-Ho! Toys were a brand of diecast toy cars and trucks manufactured and distributed by Underwood Engineering Co. Ltd. of Inglewood, New Zealand. Production was started by Jack Underwood about 1935 and continued until 1982. Since this time reproductions have been made also in Inglewood (Taranaki) at the Fun Ho! Toys Museum (Fun Ho! 2015). Currently toys are occasionally cast as museum memorabilia using original molding plates and boxes. The name was always portrayed with the exclamation following Fun Ho!
TET Stadium & Events Center Inglewoodhttp://www.tetstadiuminglewood.com/About
The TET Stadium & Event Centre was the first place in New Zealand to have an Olympic class Mondo track installed.The venue has enjoyed patronage from Inglewood United Rugby Football Club and Inglewood and Taranaki Athletics, and drawn big sporting events like Ranfurly Shield matches, the Colgate Games and as a training venue for the FIFA U20 Football World Cup.
Stoney Oaks Wild life Parkhttp://www.stoneyoaks.com
Brush a Highland Calf, rub Pigs tummies, cuddle Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and Nubian Goats, handfeed Possums and pat Fallow Deer.
Meet our Tibetan Yak, Kune Kune pigs, Chinchillas, Donkey's, miniature Horses, Ostrich, Emu, rare White Peacocks, Danish White Red Deer, Damara Sheep and Llamas etc.
Our project at Purangi in East Taranaki covers 13,000 hectares and is home to 3500 to 4000 western brown kiwi with over 880 breeding pairs. The area is also home to many other threatened species including North Island Robin, Rifleman,NZ Falcon,Whitehead, Fern bird, plus native long tail Bats Our ongoing predator control allows the population to continue to increase. Our field centre at Purangi which is 40km inland from Inglewood, we have developed 2 fantastic walks. Come and experience walking through farmland, beside a meandering creek, admire majestic Rimu trees. Bring lunch and spend the day in the forest, or enjoy the shorter walk.