Once the Patea Freezing Co-Op was South Taranaki's primary employer. It closed in 1982. In the 1920's, Patea was the largest cheese exporting port in the world. The Grader Cool Store received cheese for grading from all over South Taranaki and as far south as Oroua Downs near Himatangi. After grading it was loaded into coastal ships at the grader wharf for transport to Wellington where it was transhipped into overseas ships for export. The port closed in July 1959. (Wikipedia) Click here for more history of this port town.
This wall has faint remains of rail tracks used to load boats.