Te Aroha

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.

Don't Miss:  

  1. Te Aroha Mineral Spas
  2. Summit walk Mt Te Aroha
  3. Mokena geyser
  4. Hauraki Rail Trail
  5. Mountain biking
  6. Te Aroha and District Museum
  7. Howarth Memorial Wetland walk
  8. Heritage Trail

Originally an Edwardian spa town, Te Aroha, which means “the love” in Māori, 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. 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 or along the Te Aroha to Paeroa section of the popular Hauraki Rail Trail. One of New Zealand’s easiest Great Rides, the Hauraki Rail Trail follows historic railway lines between the quaint towns of Thames, Waihi, Te Aroha and Matamata. 

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, museum 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. Plus with top local cafes & galleries, alongside welcoming accommodation, Te Aroha is an easy Waikato, New Zealand town to spend time in.

How far to:

  • Hamilton: 54kms, 54 mins
  • Auckland: 140kms, 1 hour 50 mins
  • Rotorua: 105kms, 1 hour 30 mins

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