Situated 50 minutes north east of Hamilton is Te Aroha. Nestled at the foot of its mountain namesake, the historic Spa Town is famous for its natural hot soda water springs, gold mining and mountain hiking and biking trails.
Originally an Edwardian Spa town, Te Aroha, which means “the love” in Maori, has prospered since the goldrush days and is now becoming as well known for its walking, hiking and biking activities as much as its rejuvenating waters.
The mountain’s summit, reached by a two and a half hour hike from the town, provides stunning views of the Waikato plains, Mt Ruapehu, and the Bay of Plenty coast while gentler tracks can be found around its wide base. And those who seek their exercise and views by way of two wheels have the 10 kilometres of excellent and sometimes challenging mountain biking tracks just above the town on the mountain’s lower slopes.
Back at ground level, much of the rolling landscape around Te Aroha is dominated by a patchwork of dairy and sheep farms, providing an insight into classic rural kiwi life.
Visit the town’s historically preserved picturesque Domain grounds and the Mineral Spas which have been drawing people to the area for over 100 years to experience the health-giving properties of the hot springs. Or take time to follow the popular heritage trail in nearby Morrinsville and explore antique stores, the acclaimed sculpture park and artists’ studios.
How far to…..
Hamilton: 54kms, 54 mins
Auckland: 140kms, 1 hour 50 mins
Rotorua: 105kms, 1 hour 30 mins