Name after John and Elizabeth Pike who lived opposite Taita School (now the Avalon Intermediate site). John was a carter there in 1863.
John Pyke died at his residence, at the age of 66 on 18 August 1903. The late Mr Pyke was one of our earliest pioneer settlers, and one of those who in the early days and up to the present greatly helped to make New Zealand. He was a popular and highly respected member of the community in which he resided. He was born in 1837, in Bath, Somersetshire, England, and came to the Colony in 1857. For the last forty-six years he has been engaged in farming pursuits. i
- Wairarapa Daily Times 18 August 1903