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Touring Guide by Member Bryan Halliwell © 2009

Route A: Auckland to National Park, via Otorohanga


Rangiriri Pa historic site (Te Wheoro Rd, off SH1, north of village), and boardwalk; historic cemetery in the village. Across the Waikato River bridge, the Rangiriri-Huntly section of Te Araroa Walkway begins, and is well worth a look and a walk for as long as you have time.


Junction of SH1 and Tahuna Rd. This also gives access to Lake Waikare.


On the east side of the town, Lake Hakanoa is circled by a 4km good quality walkway. Start at the Yacht Club car park.


Taupiri Mountain Walkway (90 min return). Park at Taupiri Tavern. Keep clear of the sacred land of the cemetery.


'The Point' is a reserve between the town and the Waikato and Waipa Rivers junction. 1500m Heritage Trail gives Kingitanga, Land Wars and other historical information.
Hakarimata Reserve, just north of the town, on the west side of the Waikato River, has three very good bush walks, including some fine rimu and kauri.


Really good Hamilton Gardens (58ha) with special features and good tearooms; shops and cafes; museum; St Peter's Cathedral (historic site); MV Waipa Delta river trip.

Te Awamutu

Museum is oldest in Waikato and has fine collections, from Tangata Whenua, to Land Wars and settlements, to Tim and Neil Finn; 'Rose Town's' famous gardens; Old St John's Church (Land Wars Garrison); Yarndley's Bush, 3 kms north, on Ngaroto Rd, off SH3, is 14 ha of large Kahikatea and other bush.


Everyone should visit the Kiwi House, (signposted, minutes from north end). 'Kiwiana' is also alive and well, in the interesting main street. Good cafes.

Te Kuiti

Numerous places of interest, on the Town Trail. Get a map, and pamphlets,from the Visitor Information Centre, on the main street. For gardeners, 'King Country Gardens' details 12 lovely, private, gardens, open for visits.Mangaokewa Track, 5kms east, along SH30, and Mapara Track, (1-hour each) on Mapara South Road, (via Kopaki Road, which joins SH30 and SH4, 15kms south-east of Te Kuiti), are worth a visit. Kokako heard, and maybe seen, at Mapara, if you are lucky. Brook Park, in Te Kumi Rd, has walks and other activities. Omaru Falls, 15kms south-east from Eight-Mile Junction, on Omaru Rd, off SH4, a one-hour return walk, are also worth a visit.


Jet boating or kayak hire on Whanganui River, golf.


Walk from 10 minutes to 2 hours in Ohinetonga Reserve, via river, bush and lagoon, (west side of Whakapapa River); or into Tongariro Forest Park, via the bridge over the river, by walking or quad-bike tour.

National Park

Gateway to The Chateau/Whakapapa and Ohakune/Turoa.
Walks of any length, waterfalls, quad biking, mountain biking, fishing, river rafting and kayaking, climbing, you name it - even skiing and snowboarding! Go to www.nationalpark.co.nz, and info@visitruapehu.com, for information and brochures on the great many activities and attractions.

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