All About Waikato - Winter/Spring 2018

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WAIKATO WINTER/SPRING ’18

HAMILTON | WAIPA | SOUTH WAIKATO | OTOROHANGA NORTH WAIKATO | HAURAKI | MATAMATA - PIAKO


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Welcome Message

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elcome to the first All About Waikato. Our backyard is diverse, full of adventure, full of history and full of opportunity.

All About Waikato will allow you to learn something you didn’t know yesterday, and help you plan to explore tomorrow. We’ve had various contributors provide content for this first edition and we thank them for their support. From businesses with a wonderful story to tell, to tourism agencies and local councils we’ve all got one goal in mind – making sure our readers can use Welcome to Waikato as a reference book, an ideas generator and a go to book for things to do and places to visit within our wonderful region.

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Made up of seven different town focal points, each area within Waikato has hidden gems to discover. From beautiful homemade café food and great coffee, to river paths winding along the stunning Waikato River there really is something for everyone. We hope you make some wonderful memories exploring your backyard with the help of this magazine, and keep your eyes peeled for future editions.

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At NZME we are passionate about our community, our region and telling our local stories. Our first edition of All About Waikato is full of ideas, great local stories and local businesses doing their bit for our economy.

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So pop the kettle on, pull up a comfy seat in the sun and enjoy reading our latest community publication. Grayson Bell NZME General Manager – Waikato & Taranaki Region

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Cover Photo Credits

Image 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9, 10 and 11 – Thanks to Hamilton & Waikato Tourism Image 12 – Thanks to Wilks Penny Motorcycles Image 7 - Thanks to Matamata-Piako District Council

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THE LAY OF THE LAND – HAMILTON

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he riverside city of Hamilton is one of the country’s fastest growing and has the attractions to go with it, whether you’re looking for family fun or a thriving nightlife.

Don’t Miss: Cafes, restaurants, nightlife Hamilton Zoo Hot Air Balloon Ride Waikato River Experience Hamilton Gardens Casino Entertainment Waikato Museum Shopping

A metropolitan city situated on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, Hamilton’s rich cultural mix and vibrant centre makes it a perfect place to experience the friendly Kiwi lifestyle.

Arts and culture form an important part of the city’s makeup with the Waikato Museum paying homage to Hamilton’s past and the present through its exhibitions. If shopping is on the agenda visitors can take their pick from some of the country’s best fashion designers and stock up on gifts, whether from European-style Casabella Lane and a gallery selling the works of local artists and craftspeople to New Zealand’s largest shopping complex, The Base. Outdoor enthusiasts might be tempted to kayak or take a scenic cruise on the

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Waikato River or take in the sights from a hot air balloon, then again, they may want to simply stroll along the riverside or play a round of golf at one of the top courses in and around the city. Families are also well looked after with everything from great playground to tenpin bowling, indoor rock climbing, trampoline parks, go-karting and top attractions such as Hamilton Zoo and more. With all the creature comforts you’d expect from a metropolitan city and the added bonus of its central location Hamilton is also the ideal base from which to explore the wider region and central North Island.

How far to: • • • •

Auckland: 125kms, 2 hours Waitomo: 80kms, 1 hour 15 minutes Rotorua: 106kms, 1 hour 40 mins Tauranga: 120kms, 1 hour 50 mins

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The vibrant café and bar scene is making a name for itself, and plentiful open spaces mean the city is an easy place to spend time in. The city is also rapidly gaining a reputation as a business hub for creativity and innovation as well as a destination for world-class international, national and local events.


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HAMILTON CITY RIVER RIDES & WALKS

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his shared walkway and cycleway runs for 10km through central Hamilton, along the banks of the Waikato River. The track is well signposted and can be accessed at multiple points along the river. It stretches between Pukete in the north, where it links with the nearby Hamilton Mountain Bike Track in Pukete Farm Park, and Hamilton Gardens in the south. It is

There are park benches and grassy areas along the track for riders who want to stop to picnic, or sit and watch the boats, birds and people go by. The track is shared by walkers, and cyclists should ride with care to ensure the safety of all users. For more information visit www.hamilton.co.nz.

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• Located in the heart of Hamilton • Hamilton Gardens, at the trails southern end

Hamilton City River Ride - At a glance • Grade 1 to 2 (Easy) • Distance: 10km • Access: This ride can be accessed at various points along the trail.

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TE AWA – THE GREAT NZ RIVER RIDE

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Riders can take in the full beauty of the Waikato River with a two hour cycle journey from Hamilton Gardens all the way to Ngaruawahia and between Cambridge and Lake Karapiro. The track is primarily wide, smooth and largely flat making Te Awa suitable for cyclists of all fitness and experience levels. The full trail stretches along the Waikato River, from Ngaruawahia in the north to Karapiro in the South. Te Awa will link with the Waikato River Trails near Horahora as well as other regional cycling highlights such as Hamilton Mountain Bike Track in Pukete Farm Park and the Avantidrome, near Cambridge.

Photo Credit: www.te-awa.org.nz

Photo Credit: www.te-awa.org.nz

Bike hire for the Hamilton sections of the trail is available from the Hamilton i-Site, Hamilton Gardens, and Novotel Tainui Hamilton (for hotel guests).

• Stunning views of Lake Karapiro and a 400m boardwalk around the edge of the lake • Perry Bridge - an iconic 120m cycle/ walk suspension bridge at Horotiu

For more information visit www.te-awa.org.nz

Te Awa River Ride - At a glance

Te Awa - The Great New Zealand River Ride Highlights • River views and a mix of rural and urban landscapes • Wide track suitable for social riding

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his scenic 70km river ride runs between Ngaruawahia and Horahora, 20km south of the Mighty River Domain at Lake Karapiro. The route weaves through rural and urban landscapes, taking in waterfalls and historic Maori sites as well as trendy shops, cafes and wineries.

• Grade 2 (easy) • Distance: 70km • Access: This ride can be accessed at various points along the trail. • Te Awa Walkway • The Te Awa River Ride also includes shared cycle/walkway sections.

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7 reasons why Hamilton is the property investment city of the future Trying to decide where to invest in property? Look no further than your own back doorstep. Hamilton is one of the best cities in New Zealand to invest in property. Hamilton – it’s home to students, farmers, businesspeople, entrepreneurs, start-ups, migrants, refugees and passionate rugby fans. As a city, Hamilton is as diverse as they come and this has major advantages for the budding – and established – property investor.

neighbourhood to local facilities and amenities; impending developments to schools and rental incomes. A profitable investment property needs to tick a few boxes. Location is a key factor too. Here at Lodge City Rentals, we only manage properties in Hamilton. It has served us, and our landlords, well for almost 40 years. During this time we have grown to know Hamilton and truly believe it is one of the best places in New Zealand to invest in property.

Looking for an investment? When looking for an investment property, there are a number of things to consider. From the right

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Population growth Hamilton is growing as a city. By 2028, the population of Hamilton is expected to have grown by 1.4 percent above the national average. With planned residential development in both the north, south and west of the city, as well as the city’s extensive bypass currently under construction, more and more people are looking to call Hamilton home.

Location Hamilton is in the middle of everywhere and with development in the north of the city, it is becoming increasingly faster and easier to commute to Auckland, particularly the airport. Amenities Hamilton has a range of amenities that rival those of bigger cities, like Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. From a leading hospital to major shopping centres, tertiary education institutes, to sporting facilities, those living in Hamilton aren’t left wanting. And the best bit? Hamilton offers them all without the congestion you find in the big smoke.

Capital gains Westpac’s Property Investor Report (July 2016) shows strong growth in capital gains in the city. This is good news for all property investors – those starting out and those already well established. Furthermore, the gains have been felt all over the city, which helps to cement the city’s position as New Zealand’s property investment city of the future.

Student population The University of Waikato is ranked in the top 500 of the world according to the QS World University Rankings in London. Meanwhile, the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) offers a range of qualifications which aren’t available elsewhere in the country. There is also Te Wananga o Aotearoa located here in the city. These three major educational institutions bring a large student population to Hamilton, not to mention a population of teachers and lectures. And they all need to live somewhere.

Growth economy Hamilton businesses are reporting more and more staff moving to the city from elsewhere in New Zealand. Offering a more relaxed lifestyle but with all the facilities of a large city, these professionals are helping to increase Hamilton’s population. We have been managing property investment in Hamilton for almost 40 years and have gained valuable insight into the returns landlords can achieve on their investment. We’re happy to share this knowledge so if you’re interested in investment in Hamilton property, give one of the Lodge City rentals’ property managers a call today, 07 856 4500.

Return on investment Although Hamilton house prices have increased over recent years, they still offer a very good return on investment. Median rental prices range from $300/week for a two-bedroom flat in Nawton/ Dinsdale north, to $520/week for a five-bedroom house in Rototuna.

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WILKS PENNY MOTORCYCLES – THEY DO AWESOME!

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amily owned and operated, Wilks Penny Motorcycles opened in Te Awamutu in May 2015. For Off Road Motor cycling champions Ilana Wilks and Mark Penny, it has been a lifelong dream after both having worked and competed in the industry most of their lives. Ilana and Mark are Te Awamutu locals and have been since a young age. Mark has accumulated many titles under his belt over the years, showcasing his success within the industry. Not only is Mark a champion on the track, he is a qualified Automotive Mechanic and has extensive experience in Parts and Motorbike Sales, from his time spent working at Wilksbrooke Motors. Both Ilana and Mark have years of experience both working for 15 years at Wilksbrooke Motors, founded by Ilana’s family over 37 years ago. Whilst Ilana may not have as many Motocross titles as Mark, she is definitely a key ingredient in this power couple’s success. With extensive experience in managing service departments, bike sales have always been Ilana’s baby. Her passion on ensuring all of Wilks Penny’s clients receive great advice and ongoing service is a key

aspect to Wilks Penny Motorcycles and its success. Wilks Penny Motorcycles are the Motorbike specialists and stockists of Suzuki & Kawasaki. So, when it comes to Motorbikes Mark, Ilana and the team are debatably the best in the industry. With Motocross Champions and Lead Technicians that other dealers ring for answers, it creates a diverse and very skilled team. It’s pretty evident that Wilks Penny offers something very special and customers know they are getting the best advice and recommendations. Establishing Wilks Penny this year has been an amazing ride for the team. They continue to outperform other Suzuki dealer’s nationwide. Month after month, claiming a few more Number One titles to add to the collection among the team. At Wilks Penny Motorcycles they are arguably the most knowledgeable in the industry with many of their clients choosing to come back because of the years of experience they hold. Wilks Penny Motorcycles continue to expand their business, client intake and knowledge every day. Determined to continue improving and providing the best

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CROSS COUNTRY RENTALS – A FAMILY AFFAIR

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ross Country Rentals is a division of the award-winning Tranzit Group Ltd.

In 2015 Tranzit Group Ltd purchased Cross Country Rentals Hamilton and have enjoyed becoming part of the Te Rapa community and the wider Waikato. We have built some great relationships with Wintec City and Rotokauri Campuses, Pukete Neighbourhood House, Fernlea Cabinetry Makers, Te Wananga ki Ruakura and Tainui Waikato Tribal Movements to name a few. Cross Country Rentals began as a 4WD company using Lada branded vehicles to travel across the countryside. It has always been a family owned business, and this is what appealed to the owners of Tranzit.

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A Kiwi family owned and operated vehicle rental company operating throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. We are well into our 4th generation with family members all still actively involved in the day to day running of the business.

We now, have several different types of vehicles available for hire, 12-seater vans from Ford Transits and Toyota Hiace to Mercedes Sprinters and LDV’s. Furniture trucks small, medium, and large with Tail Lifts, of course! Small and medium trucks can be driven on a standard driver’s licence, large however is a Class 2 vehicle. We offer buses, with or without drivers from 17-37 seaters and can also provide a 54 seater bus with driver if required.

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Cross Country Rentals were awarded SESTA Transport for the Ministry of Education all over New Zealand including Hamilton and Paeroa, transporting students with special needs to and from school during the school terms, employing an extra 45 people in our Waikato region. We look forward to many more years of service in our local community and hope we can continue to meet the needs of all our great customers for years to come.

Our promise is to offer you a comprehensive range of plants and garden products, all fully guaranteed. We strive to provide you with friendly, knowledgeable service and want you to be completely happy with all your purchases from Masons Garden Centre. Together we will make it great.

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MEET YOUR LOCAL PHARMACIST – ANDY BENGE

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am a pharmacist who has experienced many years of diverse professional practice overseas and at home, from the outback of Australia to the jungles of the third world. I even found myself quite unprepared as a locum in homeopathic pharmacies frequented by the Royal Family in Kew gardens and I will never forget the eclectic experiences of front line work on Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. I have worked alongside an interesting varied array of medical professionals from conventional Royal Flying Doctors, Doctors without borders, Nutritionists, Naturopaths, many specialists and not forgetting our General Practitioners who are so often the glue that holds everything together. During my years of practise I have been privileged to learn from other professionals and from patients and those experiences have given me a special interest in nutrition, weight problems, toxicology, hormone balancing, genetics, gut malabsorption problems, Mental health, Childhood disorders such as AHHD, ADD,ODD, ASD, Pandas and Nutrigenomics, which is the

Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. It is a form of alternative medicine which focuses on interactions between the environment and the gastrointestinal, endocrine, and immune systems.

study of the effects of foods and food constituents on gene expression. I am a member of the pharmaceutical team at Life Pharmacy Chartwell. I am a Functional Medicine Qualified Pharmacist. I know how to select and dose supplements, how to safely combine

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nutrients and medicines. I have a strong interest in Autism spectrum and ADHD disorders. I can also a Genetic Profiling Service. I understand how the certain medications can lead to depletion of essential nutrients in the body and am able to offer alternative remedies. I am able to offer consultations via Skype or you can come in to Life Pharmacy Chartwell on Monday between 9.30-4.30. Appointments are necessary. Please phone 07 853 0078


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CREATING BEAUTY THAT LASTS A LIFETIME

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ocally owned and operated, the Euflooria team operates in the wider Waikato area from their home base in Hamilton. With experienced staff, excellent products Owners Delia and Todd Horsburgh love that the team are able to provide so many options for their clients.

‘Customer satisfaction is really important to us, we want to create beauty that lasts a lifetime for our clients and make sure that the process is seamless for them.’ Commercial or domestic, Euflooria has options for all, stocking Godfrey Hirst, Feltex Carpets, Normal Ellison and Jacobsen’s Creative Surfaces. They have offerings with carpet and rugs, polished concrete as well as laminate and vinyl and make sure that the products they offer, they stand by. Todd and Delia pride themselves on establishing relationships with their clients and work as a team, this approach ensures clear communication and they’re able to spend time listening to their client’s needs to ensure the best outcome. ‘A floor is an investment that needs time, research and care taken during the decision making process. We make sure that our

clients are well informed, and that the products we choose are right for purpose.’ Their free measure and quote service as well as 12 month interest free offer for Forlong’s Card Holders has really seen their business grow in leaps and bounds. Visit them today at 5-7 Rawhiti Street in Frankton where they’re open six days a week (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm and Saturday 9.00am to 1.00pm), or visit www.euflooria.co.nz for more information.

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Exclusive to St Paul’s Collegiate School, Hamilton, the Tihoi Venture School experience is a unique 18-week programme for our Year 10 boys. Located near Taupo, the Tihoi Venture School programme removes boys from technology, connecting them instead with the outdoors. The programme combines academics, outdoor adventure and social activities to give our young men confidence, build their resilience and develop their independence, giving them a valuable head start into their senior years.

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PROTECTING YOUR TEENAGER’S WELLBEING IN A DIGITAL AGE THOUGHTS FROM AN EDUCATOR

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rant Lander is the Headmaster at St Paul’s Collegiate School in Hamilton. Email: stpauls@ stpauls.school.nz I read an article titled ‘Refereeing your tween and their phone’ by a mother of a 13-year old boy who had given her son a used iPhone for his 12th birthday. What struck me most from the article was how the writer was reflecting on her decision to empower her son with a smartphone and how “it’s been a ‘challenge’. That’s a euphemism for ‘nightmare’”. The writer goes on to say it has been a constant ‘cat and mouse’ game between her and her son to ensure he isn’t sneaking the phone into his bedroom for late night gaming, chatting to friends or searching the net inappropriately. For how many households would this sound familiar? How many of us experience disquiet when seeing three or four teenagers –

all friends – sitting together and texting another friend who is somewhere far off? As parents and educators, we find it increasingly necessary to create guidelines and rules and to make decisions we’ve never had to consider before. In my mind, there is no doubt technology brings you ‘great gifts with one hand and stabs you in the back with the other’. The gifts – knowing where your son or daughter is at any given time; face time with friends and family, anywhere and at anytime; being able to send helpful reminders and allowing us to stay up-todate with the world around us. However, it is also true new technology often bewilders those who have grown up without it. It almost always raises new questions about wise and ethical ways to use it. Staying current and involved with your teenager’s technology habits can provide challenges, continued on page 16

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opportunities for some very meaningful conversations and in many cases, a personal growth curve for parents. Research shows the highest use times for teenagers of their mobile devices is between 10.30pm and 1.00am in the morning. When parents have sought my advice on cell phones, I have always stressed that at a minimum, have devices recharging on the kitchen bench – no matter the age of their teenager – after bedtime each night. Some, such as journalist Jamie Dorward in a British newspaper, question whether mobile phones have a place in schools at all. According to research, published by the London School of Economics, they found after schools banned mobile devices the test scores of students aged 16 improved by 6.4%. At St Paul’s, we endeavour to limit cell phone use. We do not ban mobile devices, but instead educate students about when it is appropriate to use them and if they are misused, there are clear and consistent consequences. What happens at your school? We hope that as parents, you and your school can work together to

improve the quality of interpersonal communications between our teenagers and to educate them on the

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People At St Vincent de Paul – Vinnies to its friends, we are here in the community, for the community, alongside the community to help and support those in need. Our work is funded by 4 shops that operate in Hamilton, selling donated clothes & other goods. We also apply for funding plus we accept donations which help keep our projects going.

Frankton Store

222 & 224 Commerce Street, Frankton Open Monday – Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm and Saturday 9:00am - 12:00noon Contact us on 07 847 4044

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13 Lynden Court, Westfield Shopping Mall, Chartwell Open Monday – Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm and Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm Contact us on 07 855 3271

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Shop 13/14 Glenview Mall Open: Monday – Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm and Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm Contact us on 07 843 0562

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t St Vincent de Paul – Vinnies to its friends, they are committed to their community. They offer a variety of services to those in need, in a nonjudgemental and helpful way. Mike Rolton, General Manager of Vinnies Hamilton, explains that the services they provide are crucial as times seem to get tougher and tougher.

‘We provide school lunches and discount on power accounts, we help with family budgets and even help with gifts at Christmas time. Not only do we help with food and bills, but we are there when people need a shoulder to lean on or an ear to listen. Our volunteers are an incredible part of our community support, and we couldn’t do it without them. There is always more work to be done, and our variety of services is not limited – if there’s a need, we try our very best to help.’ In addition to offering the above, there are also food vans which are out among Hamilton suburbs nightly engaging with those who come to the vans, and there is also soup kitchen meals and breakfast to the homeless and hungry. Their volunteers not only run their stores, but also re-sew which involves recycling old clothing items into useful items and working with schools, businesses and

other social services within the community to ensure the needs of those without a voice are heard. The good St Vincent de Paul conduct in the community is funded by their suburban second hand stores in Glenview, Chartwell and Frankton as well as donations and funding received. Visit www.vinnieshamilton.co.nz to get involved in the wonderful initiatives they have in the community, or pop in to a local Vinnies store.

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FOR 30 YEARS, THIS RARE REMNANT OF WAIKATO LOWLAND SWAMP FOREST WA S A NEGLECTED WASTELAND. Today, the impressive task of tackling this reserve is undertaken by volunteers. There is a fairly steep path at the begining of the path but once negotiated, kids nego will enjoy tearing ound on the aro bo oardwalk to the viewing platform ovverlooking the meandering m Mangaone M Stream. S w

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WAIRĒINGA BRIDAL VEIL FALLS

AN ISLAND FOREST WITH MYSTICAL FAIRIES SURROUNDED BY LUSH FARMLAND AND A D RAMATIC WATERFALL IN ITS MIDST. An easy stroll through native trees and mature nikau trees beside the meandering Pakoka River takes you to the top of the 55m falls. But don’t just loiter at the two top viewing platforms though! Make the trek to the bottom because the view from the Bottom of Falls bridge is worth it. Be prepared for the steps...261 to the bottom!

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MANGAITI GULLY

AN URBAN GULLY THAT FEELS LIKE THE MIDDLE OF A FOREST. This gully has boardwalks that wind through regenerating natives and over streams. It is popular with both walkers and bikers, and suitable for trikes too. An accessible walk for the whole family, y, and the pooch too. Perfect little adventure. Spot the birds and see the amazing work being done by dedicated volunteers.

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Time: Allow 1hr for a casual explore.

Time: 10min to upper viewing platforms. 20min to lower.

Time: Allow 1hr with little ones to do the loop.

Walking Grade: Easy Mixture of boardwalk and well graded dirt paths (one is steep).

Grade: Easy/Medium Easy to upper platform. Stairs to bottom bridge.

Walking Grade: Easy Assisted wheelchair users.

Location: From Hamilton head south on SH1 and turn left at the Tamahere Junction onto Tauwhare Road. Limited parking directly opposite entrance to Woodcock Road.

Location: Approximately 45min from Hamilton. From Hamilton travel west towards Raglan (SH23) and turn onto Te Mata Road after Te Uku. Follow the signs for 5km.

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Location: Parking on Hukanui Rd but it’s a busy road so you may prefer parking on Ashmore Crt or Montrose Cres, which also provides an entrance into the gully.

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COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MARKETS ENJOY STRONG RUN IN THE WAIKATO HAMILTON

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strongly performing local economy driven by, high levels of population growth and improving connectivity to Auckland and Tauranga has had a positive impact upon the Waikato’s property markets over recent years. High levels of business expansion and new business formation across the Waikato region has driven demand for commercial and industrial property. Statistics New Zealand figures show that having declined post the Global Financial Crisis the total employee count across the region has surged in recent years while the number of locations from which business operates has reached new record levels each year since 2015. Unsurprisingly these levels of growth have created strong demand conditions for commercial and industrial property. These drivers are clearly illustrated by vacancy levels within Hamilton’s industrial sector.

Vacancy rates across the City’s major industrial precincts sat at just 2.8% in 2017 according to the Bayleys Research industrial vacancy survey. These super tight market conditions have driven

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increases in both rental and capital values within the sector. Ongoing industrial expansion will be evident for an extended period of time


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driven by projects such as Waikato – Tainui’s inland port at Ruakura. Demand for office space has also been on the increase particularly for space at the upper end of the quality scale. Given the tight market conditions there has, unsurprisingly, been a significant response from the development sector.

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The value of non residential building consents across the Waikato Region surpassed $404 million over the 12 months to may 2018, the first time that this has occurred since the pre Global Financial Crisis peak reached in 2006. The average total value of consents over the last five years has been $335 million compared with $286 million over the five year period ending in 2013.

Tourism Growth adds Additional Impetus

The region has experienced significant growth in visitor spending over recent years. In the year to March 2018 tourists injected $1.5 billion into the local economy an increase of 49% compared with 2013. Whilst domestic tourism continues to be the largest sector of the market, international spending has, over recent years, been growing at a faster rate.

Since 2013 international tourist spending has increased by 105% to just under $360 million. The lift in spending has been driven by an increase in tourist numbers staying within the region. In the year to May 2018 tourists spent 1.4 million guest nights in the region compared with 1.1 million in the period ending May 2013.

The conditions have benefitted the accommodation sector as well as the tourism events and food and beverage sectors. The advantage of tourism spending is that it is not confined to the Cities with rural areas which provide natural beauty or key tourist attractions also benefitting from the lift in income. A prime example being Matamata which has successfully leveraged off of the attraction of Hobbiton.

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Don’t Miss 1. Picnic beside Hakanoa Lake 2. Climb the Hakarimata Ranges 3. Rangiriri Battle Site and Heritage Centre 4. Woodlands Historical Homestead 5. Zealong Tea Plantation 6. Nikau Caves 7. Hampton Downs Raceway 8. Waikato War historic locations 9. Long stretching beaches of Port Waikato 10. Order an Ice-cream as big as your face in Pokeno

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facilities rev into action. The likes of Hampton Downs Raceway host regular events including track days, which give you the chance to drive on the track, while the Meremere Dragway and Huntly Speedway are also popular with locals and visitors alike.

In the North Waikato bush-clad mountains make way for rugged coastlines and the mighty Waikato River as it makes its way to the sea, while small towns and villages dot the landscape with an eclectic lineup of shops, cafes and churches. At the Hakarimata Range, in Ngaruawahia, you can stand next to the largest kauri trees in the region or take on the infamous summit stairs on the southern side of the range, while those with subterranean tendencies can journey under the earth in the North Waikato and wonder at the untouched limestone formations and glowworms of Nikau Caves. Foodies are catered for too with artisan producers such as Mercer Cheese, Te Kauwhata-based Peplers. Not to mention Pokeno Bacon and the ‘world famous in New Zealand’ Pokeno ice-cream shop, where you can grab a 12 scoop ice-cream cone.

The more northern towns of the North Waikato have equally as much to offer, from the charming town of Tuakau with its rural surrounds to the west coast beach of Port Waikato, an uncrowded spot popular with surfers and holiday makers.

How far to: • Auckland: 93 kms - 1 hour • Hamilton: 30 kms - 25 minutes

Towns of North Waikato There’s no shortage of things to do in North Waikato. Walks, historical sites and glowworm caves are among the activities and the small towns that dot the landscape are full of character and colour. Life moves at a slower pace here and the locals are welcoming.

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he river runs deep and so does the spirit in the north Waikato, with its rich history and remarkable stories. Steeped in history and culture the North Waikato showcases the region’s uniquely significant Maori and European heritage. Home of the Maori King and the Kingitanga movement, historical landmarks and battle sites can be found throughout the area. The area’s rich mineral deposits mean it was, and still is, a significant source of the nation’s power - first with coal mining and now with thermal power.


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Born and breed on a farm in Northern Ireland, Stan Dunlop is an engineer by trade and visited new Zealand in the late 1960’s for three weeks… more than 35 years later he’s still here! Spending much of his 35 years working in and around farming shadowing a friend who was a sheerer, he gained an incredible understanding of the rural landscape

in the region and he’s now using this understanding to get the best for his rural real estate clients. And now, he has a shadow of his own! Well cemented in the Waikato community, Stan has been involved in real estate since 2003 and has canvased the land in Morrinsville, Matamata, Hamilton and is now working his magic from Century 21 in Huntly, he’s working on bigger and better things for rural real estate with his shadow. Keeping his cards close to his chest, he is excited about his future with Century 21 Huntly. ‘In 2016 Doug Boyde asked me to join him at Century 21 Rural and Residential Real Estate in Huntly as a Licensee. My real estate career started with Century 21 back in 2003 in Morrinsville, and between now and then I’ve been to

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various places. I’m glad to be ‘home’ again,’ he says. ‘We’ve got an amazing team here and my shadow is a well-known, very likable ex-dairy farmer from within the North Waikato area. With my role including licensee, branch manager and auctioneer, I can’t wait to get reacquainted with previous clients, as well as many new ones. It’s a privilege to be involved so heavily at Rural and Residential, Doug is still around, we have a residential and rentals side too, and my shadow is certainly going to change the game for our clients in terms of our offering and expertise.’ So give Stan and the team a call today at Rural & Residential Huntly 07 828 8549 or visit www.century21huntly.co.nz for more information.

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IF YOU LIKE SPECTACU LA R VIEWS AND MAJESTIC KAURI TREES THEN THIS WA LK IS FOR YOU. The Kauri Loop is a well formed track through native bush and a serene grove of noble kauri,, including g one of the biggest off its kind in th he Waikato, on the way up to a scenic lo ookout with pa anoramic views of N North W Waikato.

INFORMATION Time: Full loop 3km so allow 2hrs. Or, to Kauri Grove 40min return. Walking Grade: Easy/Med The full loop has lots of stairs. Location: 11km north of Ngaruawahia. Starts from the end of Parker Road off Hakarimata Road.

HAKARIMATA GLOWWORMS

BRING THE KIDS AND TORCH TO DISCOVER A GLOWWORM GROTTO BESIDE A FOREST WATERFALL JUST NORTH OF HAMILTON. The path follows Mangarata Stream to a small grotto next to a waterfall flowing over a dam. The walk is pleasant but the main attraction is the damp forest banks overhanging the path. Turn the torch off and youngsters will be delighted by the hundreds of bright lights that appear in the dusk. Enjoy spotting the glowworms dangling their sticky lines.

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FANCY TAKING A DIP IN A SUN DAPPLED SWIMMING HOLE IN THE MIDDLE OF A FOREST? What an amazing spot to enjoy a picnic and spend a few hours. In summer there is a pebble beach and shallow stream for the little ones, or let the older kids clamber over the rocks and plunge into the chilly swimming hole.

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Time: 1km one way. Allow 15min one way.

Time: Approximately 1.7km to waterfall. 1.5km to toilets.

Grade: Easy The path is uneven and narrow in places.

Walking Grade: Easy Bike and buggy friendly except final 200m. Bring lock for bike rack. You may need to lift buggy over a low vehicle gate.

Location: Head north from Hamilton to Ngaruawahia before turning left over the bridge and onto Brownlee Avenue.

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THE LAY OF THE LAND– OTOROHANGA/WAITOMO Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, where you are guaranteed a sighting of the nocturnal bird that has come to represent the country.

An hour south of Hamilton the mystical world of Waitomo awaits. A land of contrasts, much of the area’s natural wonders can be found below the earth’s surface as rolling hills and unspoilt native bush gives way to subterranean limestone caverns.

To the south lies Te Kuiti, shearing capital of the world, has its own version of the running of the bulls each year – but with sheep at The Great NZ Muster, while at the most southern point of the region, the Pureora Forest Park features great walking, biking and hunting experiences including The Timber Trail cycleway. The quaint town of Piopio also holds its own with great walking trails and the latest Middle-earth attractions, Hairy Feet Waitomo, where some scenes from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey where filmed.

Millions of years in the making, Waitomo’s (wai meaning water and tomo meaning hole into the ground in Maori) visually awe-inspiring cave network draws people looking for adventure and those looking for a sense of wonder. Above ground there are good cafes, agricultural shows and top walks including the beautiful Marokopa Falls and natural limestone Mangapohue bridge, plus more.

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The self-proclaimed kiwiana capital of NZ, Otorohanga, proudly celebrates all things kiwi, from No 8 wire to pavlova. It’s also home to the Otorohanga

The Waitomo area also stretches to the wild and windswept west coast with the seaside town of Kawhia, where the region’s first Maori people landed and the great voyaging Tainui canoe found a final resting place. With fresh seafood, friendly locals and even a hot water

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rom spectacular underground caves to the wild coast, Waitomo and its surrounding landscape offer an experience that is unlike any other.


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beach, Kawhia is a real hidden gem of the Waikato region.

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Don’t Miss: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Caving and Glowworms Otorohanga Kiwihouse Kawhia Hot Water Beach The Timber Trail Mangapohue Natural Bridge Otorohanga Kiwiana Walk

How far to: • Auckland: 190kms 2 hours 40 mins • Rotorua: 150kms 2 hours 10 mins • Tauranga: 188kms 2 hours 30 mins

Otorohanga

This vibrant town on the edge of Waikato, New Zealand has plenty of attractions that draw people from near and far. It’s full of Kiwiana memorabilia, has an exciting events calendar, and is the gateway to the many things to do in Waitomo. Otorohanga boasts the Otorohanga Kiwi House, indoor rock climbing, the interesting Courthouse, Museum & Waka House, which features a collection of the town’s pioneering buildings, and is just a 15-minute drive from glowworm caves, black water rafting and other Waitomo adventures. With plenty of walking trails, funky eateries, and boutique accommodation, it’s easy to while away

A short drive from Hamilton leads you to the scenic District of Otorohanga, the Gateway to the Waitomo Caves and a place where we are proud to be Kiwi. From the peaceful shoreline of the Kawhia & Aotea Harbours to New Zealand’s Kiwiana Town and beyond, the Otorohanga District provides a kaleidoscope of lifestyle opportunities. OTOROHANGA The two famous Kiwi statues welcome you to the township of Otorohanga, home to the Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park. Explore the Main Street with its colourful hanging baskets and numerous Kiwiana Displays. Take a journey back in time along the Sir Edmund Hillary Walkway to experience all things uniquely Kiwi, be sure to indulge in one of the many speciality Cafes and Restaurants. With a

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the day, or spend a few nights while exploring the wider area including Waitomo and Te Kuiti.

Kiwiana capital Otorohanga is known as the Kiwiana capital of New Zealand; there are no North Island attractions quite like it.

temperate climate, central location and affordable housing, Otorohanga provides the ideal place to raise a family. KAWHIA AND COAST A leisurely meandering drive through some of New Zealand’s richest scenery and around the edges of the stunning harbour leads you to the picturesque townships of Kawhia and Aotea. Ever increasing in popularity with weekend residents and tourists alike, this area is one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets. Take time to relax in the unique Te Puia Springs Natural Hot Pools along Ocean Beach where warm water rises from the sand or explore the Kawhia Museum and Information Centre where the history of the area comes alive. The west coast is renowned for some of New Zealand’s

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Its main street features a Kiwiana display gallery, murals and sculptures, and the public toilets are a light-hearted tribute to NZ’s popular culture. There are carved totem poles in the town centre that pay tribute to the ancestors of the local Manaiapoto people and a bronze bowler hat on a greenstone and stone

greatest fishing experiences with regular charter boats operating from the towns wharf. Stay a day or even longer, indulge in seafood delights or hot Coffee on a cool winter’s day. Your journey to this part of New Zealand is sure to be memorable. COME AND JOIN US – OUR DISTRICT OFFERS • Affordable housing – some of the best value properties in New Zealand. • Friendly rural communities close to larger commercial centres – Auckland (2 hours) Hamilton (45 minutes) Tauranga (1½ hours) • Excellent schools and medical services. • Vibrant local sports clubs & facilities. • A Community welcoming community. • Wide range of recreational areas within easy reach.


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such as Tuatara and gecko’s as well as morepork, tui, kea and kakariki up close.

The Sir Edmond Hilary Walkway in the main town also provides a unique insight into all things kiwiana, with children’s quiz sheets available from the i-SITE.

The Kiwi House also features New Zealand’s original walk-through aviary, where visitors can see native birds in a natural rainforest habitat.

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

The Nocturnal House is open daily for guided talks and has two separate feeding times to allow visitors to view kiwi all day long, ensuring all visitors a sighting of the nocturnal birds. Special night-viewing kiwi tours are also on offer by prior arrangement.

The Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park is Otorohanga’s pride and joy. The town’s top attraction – and one of the top North Island attractions, it is also a major kiwi and tuatara breeding centre. Set in park-like surroundings. The Otorohanga Kiwi House gives you a rare chance to get up close and personal with New Zealand’s largest public collection of native bird and reptiles. From seeing kiwi in the nocturnal enclosure, to unique reptiles

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EXPLORE MANGAPOHUE STREAM TO AN ANCIENT COLLAPSED CAVE WITH A LARGE REMNANT OF ROOF COVERING A CAVERN.

MAROKOPA WATERFALL

EXPLORE A LUSH FORESTED TRAIL LEADING TO ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S MOST PHOTOGRAPHED WATERFALLS.

Th his short accessible walk w is in the middle off dramatic limestone co ountryside, and takes you y into the heart of o an ancient cave. Follow F the boardwalk as a it winds alongside a limestone limesto gorge before crossing the goblin swing bridge over the stream surrounded by trees draped in moss.

The waterfall is on the tourist circuit due to its rather photogenic nature. The Marokopa River cascades over greywacke rock to fall 35m into spray and often rainbows…it’s a winner! Stroll through a lush established tawa and nikau forest. Seats are dotted along the track for a little ‘forest bathing’. Don’t miss the seat under the impressive wizened tree that reaches over the path - peek behind it too!

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TE PUIA SPRINGS OCEAN BEACH

EXPLORE AN ISOLATED BLACK SAND BEACH BEFORE DIGGING YOUR OWN HOT WATER OASIS TO SOAK IN. For two hours eithe er side of low tide thiss is a magic spot for kids to wallow in toasty warm water,, paddle in the ocean n and get covered in sand! Bring a spade e to dig your own little spa-pool. Fun for the whole family.

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Time: 5min stroll to viewing platform. 700m for loop track.

Time: 600m return. 20min return.

Time: Couple hundred metres to beach.

Walking Grade: Easy Suitable for buggies and wheelchairs to the base of the viewing platform.

Grade: Easy Well graded path with stairs. Not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs.

Walking Grade: Easy The sand is HOT in summer so bring shoes.

Location: From Waitomo Village head west on Te Anga Road for approximately 25 min (25 km).

Location: From Waitomo travel west for approximately 30min (31km) on Te Anga Road.

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Location: 1.15hr from Hamilton. From Kawhia drive to the end of Te Puia Road. From the car park walk over the sand dunes to the beach.

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he aptly themed Matamata i-SITE on the main street is a clear indication of where you are, in prime Middle-earth territory, with the Hobbiton Movie Set just down the road. With the perfect combination of hillsides and plains, Matamata, meaning headland in Maori, has its rural roots in the equine and dairying industries.

Today the town’s main attraction comes from the film industry after the Alexander brothers farm became the Shire in Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Take a tour to discover the magic behind the phenomenon and see the now permanent set as seen in The Hobbit film trilogy. Set in the shadow of the Kamai Ranges the area’s diverse range of natural scenery

means there are some hidden gem’s to uncover including the 153m high Wairere Falls. Meanwhile, the Opal Hot Springs, which are right next to the town’s 18-hole golf course, add to the region’s many opportunities for a soak or swim in naturally heated waters. Back in town, Matamata’s cafes on the main street are popular local meeting spots while artisan producers are also claiming the area as a good base for their operations including the award-winning Kaimai Cheese Company at Waharoa. The many grand trees give the town centre a distinctive appeal and the iconic Firth Tower Museum in its park like setting gives an insight into the area’s pioneering history while “the kingmaker”, Wiremu Tamihana,

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is also recalled in placenames and historic sites. Or take time to visit the nearby town of Morrinsville and explore antique stores, high end fashion, local heritage and NZ art.

How far to: • Auckland: 160kms 2 hours • Rotorua: 72kms 1 hour • Tauranga: 50kms 44mins

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MEANDER PAST MAMMOTH MOSS-COVERED BOULDERS TOSSED DOWN ANCIENT RIVERS BEFORE REACHING VIEWS OF THE NORTH ISLAND’S TA LLEST WATERFALL. This walk is not for the faint hearted. It can be slippery on the rocks, steps and exposed roots so allow extra time for kids an nd enjoy a few snackbrreaks on the way up. The tiered waterfall drops d 153m off a steep s escarpment formed f by the Okauia fault f line.

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MORRINSVILLE RIVER WALK

HIDDEN FORESTED VALLEY WITH WATERFALLS AND STANDS OF NATIVE TREES IN MORRINSVILLE. Winding its way along the banks of Waitakaruru Stream, this walk has lots for kids to explore. Enormous trees, waterfalls, shallow stream rock formations for clambering over and a real feeling that city life is miles away. The path meanders under stands of mature natives, including a significant stand of native totara.

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HOWARTH MEMORIAL WETLAND RESERVE

MOUNT TE AROHA PROVIDES AN IMPRESSIVE BACKDROP FOR THIS EASY FAMILY O UTING WITHIN A WI LDLIFE WETLAND REFUGE. Once a rubbish dump, this wetland is now thriving with birds. Numerous seats dotted on the walk let you rest up and enjoy the views. The mostly flat path loops around the wetlands and beside e Te Waihou River.

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Time: 2km / 45min one-way to lower lookout.

Time: 1.8km one way. Allow 1hr to to 1.5hr for an explore.

Time: Approximately 3km around the lake. Allow 1hr.

Walking Grade: Medium Take care with younger ones - very doable, just take your time. Slippery in winter.

Grade: Easy/Medium Some stairs and narrow paths make this a walking track and not suitable for buggies.

Walking Grade: Easy Suitable for buggies. A couple uneven sections to navigate.

Location: 10min from Matamata, or 25min south of Te Aroha on Goodwin Road, off Old Te Aroha Road.

Location: Two entrances: from the Morrinsville Recreation Grounds, or Studholme Street.

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Location: Two entrances: at the end of Spur Street by the netball courts or over the former railway bridge off Terminus Street.

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ext time you watch your TV – consider the source of its signal; and not just its geographical location, but the mountain the TV Mast majestically stands upon. Te Aroha, part of the Matamata-Piako District sits at the base of the 953metre mountain.

The naming of Mount Te Aroha is said to have originated from Kahumata Mamoe, the son of an Arawa Chief, who was lost in the wetlands of the Waihou Valley. Te Mamoe climbed to the top of the mountain, and from the summit he was able to identify his home at Maketu. He then declared that the mountain would be called ‘The Love of Kahumata Mamoe’. The Arawa people, initially settled themselves in the Waikato region, including Te Aroha. Between 1600 and 1650 the Tainui people moved into the Waikato region, but the Arawa people were permitted to retain their land under the protection of Marutuahu. In 1869 the land went before the Native Land Court in Thames and the Te Aroha Hot Springs Reserve was made a public

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reserve under the Public Domains Act in December 1882.

tracks which are well used by locals and visitors alike.

The consent of local Maori and the Morgan family were instrumental in the establishment of the reserve and the Domain being what it is today.

It’s in this beautiful town you can ‘take the waters’. Swimzone Te Aroha and the Te Aroha Mineral Spas sits in the Edwardian Hot Springs Domain.

While access to the mountain is via winding road, it’s far more interesting to reach the summit via the walking

This predominant feature of the small town retains much of its 19 century original design. The Domain is where much of Te Aroha’s history can be found.

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The Te Aroha Hot Springs were significant to early Maori and Europeans who would take the waters and drink from the geothermal spring for therapeutic and medicinal benefits. On this land a 70metre bore was drilled to provide water for the No. 4 Bath House, built in 1885. This site is now known as the Mokena Geyser, New Zealand’s only hot water geyser, which rewards its spectators with an eruption every 40 minutes. In the mid-1880s Te Aroha was just coming into its own – its bath houses growing in popularity. Not far up the road, Thames had become a booming gold mining town, with a population of up to 20,000 people as of 1867. Visitors from Thames travelled up the Waihou to frequent Te Aroha’s hot springs. By 1880, just as the Thames Gold Field was showing a decline, gold bearing quartz was discovered on Bald Spur in Te Aroha and according to historical accounts in ‘This is Te Aroha’ the township was invaded from all parts. Te Aroha’s first Warden Harry Kenrick officially opened the field, to the sound of Mokena Hou firing a gun into the air and prospectors entered the field to stake their claims. Bald Spur’s gold mining days were short lived and by the end of the first year, prospectors had started the leave the field. However, by 1881 gold was discovered in Waiorongomai Valley, now part of the Matamata-Piako District Heritage Trail. Te Aroha was not forgotten, and it became a hot springs town. Clear evidence of gold mining activity remains at the Te Aroha Domain, and The Mines

Department were involved in the design of Cadman Bath House.

remained, now a popular café overlooking The Domain.

The spas flourished, as did the small town of Te Aroha. It boasted three hotels, The Palace, The Te Aroha and The Hot Springs as well as several boarding houses. By the year ended March 1887, there were a recorded 28,553 baths taken.

Te Aroha never stopped being branded as a Spa town. People still take the waters at Swim Zone Te Aroha, as well as enjoying spa treatments and soaking at the Te Aroha Mineral Spas.

It had become the most popular Spa in the country and protected Te Aroha through the 1880 and 1890s depression. In 1906 The Gardeners Cottage was built and electric light was installed. People were arriving to the town in the thousands thanks to boat service, coach and rail. At Te Aroha’s peak of popularity, there were five established hotels and eight boarding houses. Sporting events increased following the construction of two asphalt tennis courts and bowling greens.

People flock to the town for its multiple walking tracks and challenging mountain bike tracks, all accessible from the Domain. Te Aroha’s history has become its most endearing feature and The Domain features at its very heart. Much of Te Aroha’s early history, including the Waiorongomai Valley Mines can be discovered on the Matamata-Piako Heritage Trail. Content supplied by Matamata-Piako District Council

People visited Te Aroha, not only for the bath houses, but also for the scenic mountain walks, including the lookout at Bald Spur and glow worms in the old mining tunnels. Mixed bathing was introduced, and a tepid swimming bath was constructed. Ironically, rail increased visitor numbers to Te Aroha, but it also enabled easier access for visitors to Rotorua, which had also established itself as a Spa town, eventually superseding Te Aroha. The Te Aroha Bath Houses were still enjoyed, but only casually. The decline in some Domain facilities meant the birth of other new ventures. In 1956 a skating rink was built over the asphalt tennis court and The Museum took over the Cadman Bath House. The Gardeners Cottage

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From Paeroa, riders can head for historic Waikino Station and take the vintage train on to Waihi, or return to Paeroa to cycle the Te Aroha section.

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The 14km Paeroa to Waikino leg winds through the stunning Karangahake Gorge, famous for its gold mining history. Here riders can spot glowworms as the ride througyh the 1.1km Karangahake Rail Tunnel. The remains of old mining buildings and machinery used during a gold rush in the late 1800s and early 1900s can still be seen, and some of the historic mining shafts are still accessible via the ‘Windows’ walk in the gorge. This leg can also be extended to 25km if riders continue on to Waihi.

Most people begin at the Thames end of the trail, taking in the small gold miner town’s charms before embarking on the 33km journey to Paeroa. This leg offers views of the Firth of Thames and the Coromandel Ranges as it meanders through farmland alongside the tidal Waihou River.

The 21km ride from Paeroa to Te Aroha (35km from Waikino to Te Aroha) offers views of Mount Te Aroha and a relaxing soak in Te Aroha Mineral Spas at the end. This section of the trail traverses a landscape of lush green pastures with the forested slopes of the mountain as a backdrop. The spa building is located in the Te Aroha Hot Springs Domain, home to the world’s only hot water soda geyser. The spa is the perfect place to rejuvenate and unwind after a great few days on the bike.

The Hauraki Rail Trail follows two historic rail lines – one from Thames to Paeroa and the other from Waikino Station to Te Aroha. The journey combines spectacular scenery with a glimpse into the area’s rich gold mining past. Its easy gradient makes it perfect for relaxed riding and family adventures. The Hauraki Rail Trail is divided into three sections – Thames to Paeroa, Paeroa to Waikino Station / Waihi and Paeroa to Te Aroha.

Guided tours of the trail are available and bike hire, shuttle services and accommodation booking can be arranged. Accommodation ranges from backpackers and B&Bs to lodges, motels and hotels. For more information visit www.haurakirailtrail.co.nz

Hauraki Rail Trail Highlights • Unearth the area’s rich gold mining history • Cycle through the spectacular Karangahake Gorge • Explore old railway tunnels • Enjoy a mineral spa in Te Aroha after a day of riding

Hauraki Rail Trail Sections • Thames to Paeroa, 33 km, Grade 1(Easiest) • Paeroa to Waikino, 14 km, Grade 1 (Easiest) • Paeroa to Waihi, 25km, Grade 1 (Easiest) • Waikino to Te Aroha, 21 km, Grade 1 (Easiest)

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WINDOWS WALK LOOP PEER THROUGH ‘WINDOWS’ CARVED INTO HISTORIC MINING TUNNELS DOWN TO A ROARING RIVER AT KARANGAHAKE GORGE. During the 1900s the Karangahake Gorge was covered with a maze of trams, water races and pipelines. There was gold fever in the air! Today, the remains of buildings and historic mining equipment are scattered throughout the gorge. The Windows Walk takes in the very best Karangahake has to offer.

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Time: The loop is 2.5km. Allow 1hr to explore.

Walking Grade: Medium There are steep stairs so this walk is not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs. Location: Karangahake Domain Car Park on SH2 between Paeroa and Waihi.

HAURAKI RAIL TRAIL THIS HISTORIC TRAIL IS ONE OF THE EASIEST CYCLE TRAILS IN THE COUNTRY. PERFECT FOR NEWLY MINTED RIDERS. The 160km track is made up of five sections so families can choose adventure lengths that suit all family members. Highlights include the stunning Karangahake Gorge, one of the “14 wonders of New Zealand”, historic gold mining towns and intriguing shorebirds.

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MARTHA MINE A MASSIVE HOLE IN THE GRO UND THAT WILL ENTHRAL DUMP TRUCK ENTHUSIASTS YOUNG AND OLD. Keep to the southern rim and be wowed by the open pit that is 100m below sea level, the enormous dump truck perched on the edge of the pit and try and figure out how the Cornish Pumphouse was moved to its current location in 2006. This shorter walk - instead of the full loop - would be more entertaining for kids.

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Time: T h e five sections have various lengths. Visit the Trail’s website for more information.

Time: Southern rim allow 30min to explore. Full loop approximately 5km.

Grade: Easy Grade 1 Various accessibility options.

Walking Grade: Easy Well graded paths suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.

Location: Starts from Pūkorokoro-Miranda and ends in Te Aroha. (Matamata section is under construction.) www.haurakirailtrail.co.nz

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ou know you’ve arrived in Tirau when a huge corrugated iron dog and sheep appear – landmarks that are uniquely Tirau.

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A main attraction is the town’s corrugated iron art; the information centre is housed in the renowned big dog and inside the sheep and ram is a wool shop and gallery. The corrugated iron art is designed and made by local man Steven Clothier, the son of Henry Clothier, who helped revitalise Tirau in the 1990s. Steven, nicknamed the iron man of Tirau, has turned the town into New Zealand’s corrugated iron capital. His creations are all over town and each is individually handmade. Tı̄ rau’s penchant for corrugated ironwork extends to its new toilet facility where visitors can enjoy a unique photo opportunity - Keep an eye

Tirau Shopping and dining

Whether you’re looking for something special or just browsing, chances are you’ll find something of interest along Tirau’s Main Road. The town’s extensive range of shops belies its size. There are antique and gift stores galore, a fabulous clock shop and boutique fashion stores. The Tirau Shell and Jade Factory, which has been running nearly 20 years, has a range of unique jewellery and souvenirs and is well known throughout the Waikato region.

some of the eateries offering light snacks and hearty meals ideal for weary travellers or shoppers.

Funky art and craft stores and the Honey Shop complete the line-up. The latter, on the edge of town, sells a variety of manuka honey goods, with product lines regularly being introduced. The shop also has a small cafe-style area, serving cakes, muffins, coffee and icecream.

Or you could stop for a drink at the Oxford Royal at the southern end of Main Road; Tirau’s oldest business was used in the late 20th century as a staging post for travellers between Rotorua, Cambridge and Taupo. The building burned down in 1897 but was rebuilt.

There are plenty of other choices when it comes to dining. The Cabbage Tree, Poppy’s Cafés, Alley Cats Cafe and Settlers Inn, all on Main Road, are just

Nearby the Okoroire Hotel offers another dining option, along with a golf course and the option for a soak in the natural Okoroire hot spring.

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he Blue Spring at Te Waihou Walkway is internationally acclaimed with water so pure it supplies around 60% of New Zealand’s bottled water.

The spring is fed from the Mamaku Plateau where the water takes up to 100 years to filter through; the resulting water is so pure and clean that it produces a beautiful blue colour while being virtually clear. The walk to the springs follows a track alongside the Waihou River, through wetlands, across rolling pastoral land and features views of small waterfalls, native bush and the famous Blue Spring with glimpses of trout along the way. Water from the Blue Spring flows at a rate of 42 cubic metres per minute and could fill a 6 lane (25 metre) swimming pool in around 12 minutes. The water temperature is a constant 11 degrees celsius throughout the year. The Blue Spring walk takes about one and a half hours each way, starting from Whites Road (State Highway 28), near Putaruru. There is also a shorter walk, 15 minutes each way, to the Blue Spring, accessed from nearby Leslie Road.

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The Te Waihou Walkway and Blue Spring is located in South Waikato near Putaruru. With plenty to see and do in the South Waikato area you can easily make a day of it. Enjoy some local cheese at Over the Moon Dairy Company, take your bike and try out the Waikato River Trails, or do a

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spot of fly fishing in one of the many great waterways in the area. Boutique galleries and gift stores are plentiful in Tirau while Tokoroa, a little further south, celebrates its forestry heritage with the carved Talking Poles and NZ Timber Museum.

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The quaint town, on SH1 in the heart of the South Waikato, New Zealand, is home to great cafes, shopping and plenty of corrugated iron creations, making it not only a popular stopping place, but a destination in its own right.

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This is one of the most popular walking destinations in the Waikato and for good reason. The Blue Spring boasts the purest water in New Zealand and has 700 litres per second flowing from the spring. Kids will be amazed by its stunningly vibrant blues colour. The water is so clear you can see the flowing green reeds and white pebbles beneath the surface with perfect clarity, not to mention the fact it supplies 60 per cent of NZ’s bottled water.

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Time: Approximately 2km around the primeter. Allow an hour to explore.

Time: From Leslie Road car park 30mins return. Or, Whites Road car park is a longer outing and will take 2.5-3hrs return.

Walking Grade: Easy/Med Some steep sections on the smaller tracks. Easiest trail is Tane (assisted wheelchair). Location: Waotu South Road, Waotu. Approximatley 15min from Arapuni Village.

Grade: Easy Location: From Hamilton head south towards Rotorua then turn right onto Whites Road about 2km after the SH5 turnoff near Tirau.

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SPANNING THE SURGING WAIKATO RIVER THIS SUSPENSION BRIDGE PROVIDES AN IMPRESSIVE BIRD’S EY EYEE VIEW OF THE ARAPUNI DAM. This short loop takes in the highlights of Arapuni and is perfect for buggies, and forr kids to peer down at a working dam.

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he South Waikato is defined by its rustic rural charm and the quirky inventiveness of the locals who call the South Waikato towns of Tirau, Putaruru or Tokoroa home.

Well known as an antiques, arts and crafts mecca the area’s quaint town of Tirau is a popular stop on State Highway 1. Browse amongst boutique galleries and gift stores, grab a coffee or bite to eat or check out the weird and wonderful corrugated iron creations on show. Further south Tokoroa celebrates its forestry heritage with the carved Talking Poles and Putaruru’s Timber Museum tells the story of a mainstay industry in the area. The South Waikato’s undulating bright green pastures and forests offer the walking, hiking and biking enthusiasts among us a world of options including the Waikato River Trails. Good for all age groups and levels of fitness, this series of

Water also features strongly in the South Waikato with natural hot pools, crystal clear waterfalls and the Waikato River flowing through the area. The water of the area’s famous Blue Spring is in fact so pure they bottle it. Follow the Te Waihou Walkway to the source, which is fed by spring water that has been underground for up to 100 years.

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At the southern end of the region sit the country towns of South Waikato:, Tirau, Putaruru and Tokoroa, each with their own unique features and stories to tell.

trails covers 100km and makes for a truly iconic New Zealand experience.

Don’t Miss: 1. Walking/biking the Waikato River Trails 2. Te Waihou Walkway to the Blue Spring 3. Boutique Shopping in Tirau 4. Okoroire Hotel & hot springs 5. Cheese tasting at Putaruru 6. Talking poles in Tokoroa 7. Local Museums 8. Fishing, hunting, water sports

How far to: • Tirau to Taupo: 100kms, 1 hour 22 minutes • Tirau to Hamilton: 54kms, 53 mins • Tirau to Rotorua: 51kms, 45 mins

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et in rich farming countryside at the heart of the Hamilton & Waikato region, Cambridge with ‘Old English’ charm is packed with top galleries, cafes and stores. At the heart of the Hamilton & Waikato Region is Cambridge, known locally as the town of champions due to its goldmedal winning Olympian residents and its long-standing and illustrious heritage of thoroughbred racing. Flanked by horse studs and rich pastures Cambridge’s peaceful tree-lined streets are full of interesting fashion and homeware stores along with chic cafes. The heritage trail or Walk of Fame is a must for any cultural buff and horse stud tours are available for those interested in equine pursuits. Take a walk around Lake Te Ko Utu at the top end of Cambridge town centre or laze for a while under the shade of a tree around the fringe of the village square, where there may be a game of cricket or weekend market under way.

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Situated nearby at the base of Maungatautari Ecological Reserve, is Lake Karapiro, the proving ground of rowing’s elite as well as a popular spot for local boaties, kayakers and waterskiers. A glimpse into the New Zealand forests of the past, Maungatautari offers superb walking tracks through flourishing native flora and fauna. The rural outskirts of Cambridge also boast an array of artisans including gourmet coffee roasters, winemakers and produce growers, not to mention galleries like Inspirit, displaying local and national works of art and sculpture. Cambridge is also fast becoming New Zealand’s home of cycling, with the Avantidrome situated just north of town along with top cycle trails including the Te Awa River Ride, Te Miro Mountain Bike Park and the nearby Waikato River Trails all on offer.

How far to: • Hamilton: 23 kms 26 mins • Rotorua: 92kms 1 hour 20 mins • Tauranga: 82kms 1 hour 8 mins

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ambridge, New Zealand is home to two of the country’s most beautiful waterways – the Waikato River and Lake Karapiro. The township is known for its charming cafes and antique shopping and is also a great place for active pursuits such as walking, cycling, horse riding, fishing, kayaking, rowing and sailing. Some of New Zealand’s greatest athletes hail from Cambridge, Waikato, including Sarah Ulmer and Rob Waddell, among many others.

Antiques & shopping in Cambridge

Cambridge’s antique shops provide an opportunity to indulge in some retail therapy and explore local history. Whether it’s ceramics, art, silver, gold or something a little out of the ordinary you can be sure to find it in Cambridge. The area has a rich pioneering history with many international influences, which makes for a diverse selection of antique wares.

Cambridge Artisan cafes & eateries

Cafes & restaurants in Cambridge are known for their fantastic coffee and delicious food. Take some time out from your busy day and enjoy fresh local produce at some of the charismatic eateries in the centre of town – from

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gastro-pubs, cafes and delis to gelato stands and gourmet food-trucks. Establishments in the rural outskirts of Cambridge are also sure to delight. The Red Cherry Cafe on the corner of Forrest Rd and State Highway 1 roast their own beans and offer caffeine fixes for weary travellers. The nearby Lily Pad Café on Kapaki Rd is a great

destination for lunch. Grab a bite to eat and wander through the neighbouring Garden Art Studio. Another top spot is Monavale Blueberries, to the south-west of Cambridge. This organic blueberry orchard has a great café and retail store on-site and lets you pick your own berries (in season) to take away with you.

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Cambridge Walk of Fame

Take a stroll through the city centre for a glance at the people and horses that have put Cambridge on the map. Twenty-five plaques honouring the achievements of local stars line the footpaths of Duke St on the town’s ‘Sporting Walk of Fame’. Nearby Victoria St has mosaics of 18 prominent local horses set into the footpath and a collection of plaques honouring Cambridge’s 13 Melbourne Cup winning horses. The Walk of Fame is a great example of the characterful heritage trails and walking tracks Waikato is known for.

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Cycle Trails in Cambridge

Cambridge is widely regarded as New Zealand’s home of cycling. Whether peddling over hillsides, whizzing round the national velodrome (Avanitdrome) or checking out the sights of the Waikato region’s rural plains, the area has a ride to suit everyone. There are few better places for cycling than the banks of the Waikato River. From native forest and birdlife to hydro dams, suspension bridges and exhilarating downhills, the Waikato River Trails offer plenty for keen mountain bikers and off-road cyclists to enjoy. The journey takes in five lakes, four hydro dams and a number of small towns and villages, showcasing some of the best of the Waikato heartland. Te Miro Mountain Bike Park, 20 minutes north-east of Cambridge, is another mountain biking facility in the Waikato that’s growing in popularity. Built by a local mountain biking club for the enjoyment of their members and other likeminded individuals, Te Miro Mountain Bike Park offers a variety of terrain and tracks to suit active families as well as hard-core riders.

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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

Don’t Miss: 1. Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari 2. Bush walk on Mt Pirongia 3. Rose Gardens 4. Pirongia township 5. Te Awamutu Museum 6. Walk around Lake Ngaroto 7. Lavender Farm 8. Te Awamutu Golf Course

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Attractions in and around the small township include something for everyone - from the town’s famous Rose Gardens to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, which showcases New Zealand’s unique fauna and wildlife. Whether you enjoy beautiful scenic Waikato walks in the countryside, award-winning wine in the region’s oldest vineyard, Vilagrads or playing a round of golf, you’ll find plenty of things to do in and around Te Awamutu. Plus there is a variety of great Te Awamutu accommodation on offer, from B&B’s to homestays and motels.

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

One of the most spectacular North Island attractions is Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari (Maungatautari Ecological Island Reserve), home to the largest ecological restoration project in New Zealand. Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is located on Maungatautari Mountain, an

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extinct volcano in the Waikato region. The mountain is surrounded by 47km of predator-proof fence to protect the native flora and fauna from any predators or pests. This has supported the reintroduction of some of New Zealand’s most extraordinary and most endangered wildlife.

Maungatautari Mountain is also home to some fantastic walking and hiking tracks, which are well planned and maintained. All the Maungatautari walks are graded depending on their difficulty, so walkers can choose to push themselves or take their time and enjoy the spectacular views.

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The Te Awamutu Museum was established in 1935 and has many exhibitions on the history of Te Awamutu and the wider Waikato region. Te Awamutu Museum contains significant Taonga (treasures) from local Maori tribes, including Te Uenuku, a carved post known for its unique design. Fans of Kiwi music will find a lot to enjoy in an exhibition honouring local legends Tim and Neil Finn, of the bands Split Enz and Crowded House. Te Awamutu’s spectacular Rose Gardens have earned the town the title of “Rosetown” of New Zealand. Situated on Gorse Avenue, the Rose Gardens attract thousands of visitors every year. There are over 2,500 rose bushes, with more than 50 varieties. The flowers bloom from November to May, creating a kaleidoscope of colour.

Walk around Lake Ngaroto wetlands Just a short 10 minute drive from Te Awamutu, you can find Lake Ngaroto, one of the largest peat lakes in the Waikato. This lake is one of the best places in the Waikato region to experience New Zealand’s natural wetland environment and the plants and animals that live there.

Lake Ngaroto also offers lots of exciting activities for those who like outdoor sports, including yachting, hunting, canoeing and rowing. Businesses located in the area who specialise in hunting and fishing can guide those interested in exploring the region’s wilderness on expeditions of their choice.

Alphra Lavenders

Alphra Lavenders is a free attraction, located only 8km south of Te Awamutu, Waikato. Open to the public all year Open from February to December on weekends only, the best time to visit the lavender farm is from early November, when the flowers are in bloom. People come from all over the world during this time to take in some of the prettiest views in the Waikato. Walks around the lavender fields can be arranged, and tours give you the opportunity to learn about how the farm operates - from planting and harvesting to processing and product creation. Lavender products, made on the farm, are available to purchase from the gift shop.

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Visit Pirongia

Just 12km from Te Awamutu, on the banks of the Waipa River, sits the heartland town of Pirongia. The township is located beneath the beautiful Mt Pirongia, and boasts a range of great activities and attractions. Read more about things to do in Pirongia.


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What a magical place for little ones to explore. Stepping inside the forest is like stepping back in time when kahikatea dominant swap forrest covered the reg gion. Th he boardwalk w winds past large ro oot buttresses, and regenerating n native plants cover tthe forest floor.

INFORMATION Time: Allow 45min for the loop walk. More for exploring. Walking Grade: Easy Flat boardwalk suitable for buggies. Location: Off SH3 between Hamilton and Te Awamutu, turn onto Ngaroto Road. Car park is 1.5km further along.

JURASSIC FOREST LOOP

MAUNGATAUTARI

NORTHERN ENCLOSURE

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This adventure has it all. Grassy meadow for picnicking, a Toyota Kiwi Guardians activity trail, one of the Waikato’s most pristine peat lakes and! a stand of Jurassic looking kahikatea with wizened buttresses looming out of the ground. And maybe a friendly fantail or two. This is a fun adventure with a mixture of well graded paths, boardwalks and dirt trails. Don’t drive past this hidden gem!

The Northern Enclosure is part of the larger predator proofed 3,400 hectares. It has a 1.2km loop through towering native trees and pastt forest streams. As a small adventure this is absolutely perfect.

INFORMATION Time: Allow 1hr to complete the Lake Circuit and the Jurassic Forest Loop. An extra 45min for activities. Grade: Easy Not suitable for buggies. Location: The entrance is 4km south of Ohaupo between Sowerby and Jary Road. Left-hand turn only.

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Time: 1.2km loop. Allow 30min or 1hr for dawdling. Walking Grade: Easy Well graded paths. One stile to climb over near start. Location: From Cambridge head past Lake Karapiro Mighty River Domain and turn right onto Hicks Road opposite Maungatautari School.


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