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Township 21 km south-west of Palmerston North. Tokomaru started as a station on the Wellington–Manawatū railway line in 1886. It lies in a farming district extending north to Linton and west to Ōpiki, between the Manawatū River and the Tararua Range. The steam engine museum, a private collection, has drawn visitors since 1970.
Meaning of place name
Toko: pole or staff; maru: shelter or shade. The district was once called Toka-a-Namu, referring to the abundance of sandflies (namu).

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