|1.||Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari|
|2.||Bush walk on Mt Pirongia|
|5.||Te Awamutu Museum|
|6.||Walk around Lake Ngaroto|
|8.||Te Awamutu Golf Course|
There’s plenty of modern bustle about Te Awamutu (which in English means “The Rivers End”), but the farming-based area also proudly displays its agricultural roots. While away some time visiting Te Awamutu’s stunning rose gardens or the nearby attractively quaint village of Pirongia, with cafes, crafts and clydesdales.
Beautiful bush walks for all ages and abilities are within easy reach in Te Awamutu township both at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari (Maungatautari Ecological Reserve) to the east of the area and at Mt Pirongia itself to the west. Nearby, Wharepapa South has some of the best rock climbing in New Zealand and Lake Ngaroto is a favoured sailing spot. Not to mention Yarndley's Bush, a popular short walk in the area.
The area also has a wild side to its past, and history is everywhere you look. It was the scene of one of the most famous battles of the Waikato wars – at Orakau just outside Kihikihi.
Te Awamutu’s museum showcases the history of the area and houses Uenuku, an important taonga (treasure) of the Tainui people. More recent heritage is also on record with regularly changing displays, as well as memorabilia of local musician’s Tim and Neil Finn, who formed Split Enz and Crowded House.
Te Awamutu also boasts some great shopping options, with boutique clothing stores, antiques and more on offer.
Wherever you go in the area, the getting there will be part of the fun as you are rewarded with fine views of the picturesque rolling Hamilton & Waikato countryside.
Top producers also call the Te Awamutu area home, with the likes of the award winning Viands Bakery in Kihikihi, Alphra Lavender Farm and more.
How far to:
- Hamilton: 30kms, 30 mins
- Waitomo: 45kms, 40 mins
- Rotorua: 100kms, 1 hour 40 mins
|The Finns of Te Awamutu||Maungatautari Ecological Reserve||Ōrākau - Famed Battle Site|