Cheltenham & Kimbolton


It’s scraping the barrel a bit to find anything interesting here – or indeed anything at all – but together these two tiny towns show what a typical small town in New Zealand has: a large pub-hotel on a road junction (sometimes these are pretty derelict, but this one’s quite thriving), a grocery store, a re-used Bank of New Zealand, and maybe one new building like a fire station.

Cheltenham used to have a tiny primary school, but it dwindled to only 6 children and has now closed.


Kimbolton seems to be even smaller, but at least there’s a beautifully retained Bank of New Zealand.