Lying 42km north of Masterton, Eketahuna occupies a pleseant area on the banks of the Makakahi River. This is an attractive town nestled below the beautiful Tararua Ranges and is a great place to come and relax.

There are good hunting spots in the region, as well as fishing and hiking and the Mt Bruce Wildlife Centre lies just to the south. Eketahuna has a strong Maori and Scandinavian history. The early settlers - the Swedes, English, Norwegian and some Germans - named the town 'Mellemskov', which means 'Heart of the Forest'. It was later named Eketahuna by the Maori. Nowadays, Eketahuna services a large rural area and has a strong dairy farming industry.