Gladstone Area History

Gladstone Football Club

The Gladstone Rugby Club has been operating from its Gladstone Road headquarters since 1902. Gladstone is a country based club with strong community support and proud tradition based around participation for the whole family not just on the field but off it in a social sense.

The club has won a number of club championship with recent successes being in 2001, 2007 and 2011. We were beaten semi finalist in 2008.

More about the Gladstone region
Gladstone is a lightly populated locality in the Carterton District of New Zealand's North Island, located on the Mangahuia Stream near where the Tauweru River joins the Ruamahanga River.
The nearest town is Carterton 15 kilometres to the northwest, and nearby settlements include Ponatahi to the west and Longbush to the south. It was named after British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone.

Economy
Gladstone is primarily a farming community and some viticulture occurs in the area. Viticultural activity is increasing as winemakers realise the potential of soil and climate that produce low yielding rich concentrated grapes. Gladstone also has a number of small businesses and industries, including cafes, homestays, and a wheelwright shop.

The Gladstone Inn, known to locals as "The Gladdy", is Gladstone's iconic pub and it was voted by the Hospitality Association of New Zealand as the best country hotel in New Zealand in 2006.

Education
Gladstone School is the local primary school accommodating approximately 100 children. This has been the main school for the area since the closure of schools in Longbush, Maungaraki, and Te Whiti in 1968. Over the last decade, the school has gained popularity and is now taking children from further away, including Carterton, Martinborough, and Masterton.

Sport
The Gladstone Sports Complex is located near the pub and is home to the Rugby Club, Hockey and Tennis.  Both the Rugby/Hockey grounds and Tennis Turf are now under lights.