Although Kimbolton is just 20 minutes from Feilding, it has not lost its village atmosphere by becoming a “bedroom community” or “commuter town”.
Despite many residents working outside of the village, this has not dampened their enthusiasm for the place that they call home. There has also been an influx of new residents over the past decade who have recognized the somewhat unique character that has been retained in Kimbolton. Regardless of how long people have lived here, the presentation of the houses, yards and streets communicates the value that Kimbolton’s residents hold for their country village.
Many of the homes in Kimbolton are original to the village, and set amongst established trees on generous 3/4 – 1 acre sections. Many people have vegetable gardens, chickens and a few sheep. The established nature of the village provides a sense of peace and settledness which extends into the patterns of life of those who live here. Kimbolton seems to be a place where both residents and visitors can take a breath or two, away from the increasingly demanding requirements of modern life.
Kimbolton Village is well placed, it is an easy 20 minute drive from Feilding and just 40-45 minutes to Palmerston North and Massey University.
It sits about 2/3 of the way up the Manawatu District as you go from south to north, bordering what is arguably the most scenic area in the district. The deep Oroua River Valley forms a stunning foreground to the Ruahine Ranges which frame the view eastward from the elevated village location.
Kimbolton is just 1 hour from Taihape and choosing The Country Road turn-in point at Mangaweka when heading south provides a scenic, fully-sealed alternative to SH 1. On this route, the elevated situation around Peep-o-Day affords stunning views on a clear day of Mount Ruapehu. You might also get a rare glimpse of Mount Taranaki and Kapiti Island as you travel along the winding ridge between Peep-o-Day and Kimbolton.
The Manawatu Country Road Experience will take you through a land of spectacular vistas and deep river valleys with impressive cliffs. There are off the beaten track treasures and opportunities to meet lots of good people. Kimbolton also happens to be about the halfway point on the drive between Taupo and Wellington if you take the alternative route between Levin and Mangaweka.
Kimbolton is home to several spectacular private and public gardens such as Glencolyn, Heritage Park and Cross Hills. Although they are best viewed in spring and early summer, each season brings it’s own beauty to these local assets. There is also a good number of smaller gardens that have been planted in the village that can be appreciated by simply strolling around the quiet streets of Kimbolton.