Known as “the town of roses”, Te Awamutu is set amongst rich farmland and is a significant contributor to the region’s prosperous dairy industry.
The area boasts an array of great walking trails such as the Lake Ngaroto wetland and the native bush-clad mountains of Pirongia, Kakepuku, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari and more; each providing options to suit every level of fitness. Spend a few hours bird watching, amble through ancient forests or opt for a multi-day hiking adventure with plenty of rewarding views.
Just south of Te Awamutu is the village of Kihikihi, reknown for its speedway and horse arena, which host events such as Polo and the Kihikihi International Horse Trial, also for the award winning Viands Bakery which is a must stop for anyone passing through.
The area is also steeped in history with several significant Waikato War sites including one of the most famous at Ōrākau just east of Kihikihi. The Te Awamutu museum provides an insight into the area’s history and people, showcasing stories and important taonga (treasure) of the Tainui people, as well as regular local exhibitions, while the towns markets are a great source of locally grown produce.
The rose gardens in Te Awamutu are also a must visit, along with the Pirongia Village, which hosts the annual Pirongia Craft Market each year and is known for picturesque walks, quaint art galleries, cafés and the Pirongia Boxing Day Races.
The Te Awamutu area also boasts a variety of great golf clubs such as Te Awamutu, Stewart Alexander, Pirongia and Ngahinapouri; the latter two of which rest beneath Pirongia Mountain.
The area of Wharepapa South provides some of the best rock climbing in New Zealand, while great trout fishing can be found in the spectacular waterways of the area and excellent hunting opportunities in the surrounding bush-clad landscapes.