Ormondville is located 22km northeast of Dannevirke. The centre of activity here is the restoration of the Ormondville Railway Station, and the quaint local tavern. Ormondville Station in Tararua is one of a handful of early wooden rail buildings that have been preserved thanks to community efforts. Since the closure, in 2001, of the region's last passenger service, the station has offered 'unique boutique accommodation' for tourists.
Ormondville Railway Station
Ormondville Railway Station precinct is at the centre of what is now a very small township some six kilometres from the main road (State Highway 3). While this is clearly a hindrance in some ways, it has also prevented much potential damage to the site through 'modernisation'. The loss of most other rural stations means that it is now a rare representative of a major part of New Zealand's history.
The social history of the Ormondville-Norsewood district revolves around this station, even though most probably took its support role for granted. The aim of the Ormondville Rail Preservation Group is to preserve the precinct as a local and nationwide heritage issue. To achieve this, of course, it must also work to attract the support of the public.
Ormondville Station is one of the last country stations left in New Zealand.