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Having a holiday vacation in a tranquil and really relaxing place is, indeed, one of the many ways to temporarily forget the noise of the city and the stressful workplace. Among the many exceptional places you can visit to relax is the country of New Zealand, specifically the town of Te Aroha. With the many available affordable flights to new Zealand , visiting this breathtaking place is now made easier. What are you waiting for? Know more about Te Aroha and start planning for your getaway!

Te Aroha is a rural town in the Thames Valley region of New Zealand with a population of 3,768 (2006 census). It is 53km northeast of Hamilton and 50 kilometres south of Thames. The name 'Te Aroha' comes from the Māori word Aroha, where legend has it that Rāhiri climbed the mountain and saw his homeland in the distance and felt a sense of love (aroha) for it. The name is often rendered in English as 'place of love'.

Te Aroha is at the centre of a dairy farming community and much of its economic activity is in serving that community. Just a two hour drive from Auckland,Te Aroha is becoming a popular tourist destination for both Aucklanders and overseas tourists.

The Waihou River runs through Te Aroha. Close by to the east is the base of the Kaimai Ranges, and the town is overlooked by the 952-metre Mount Te Aroha. To the north of the town is the low-lying, swampy land of the Hauraki Plains. In the late 19th century, Te Aroha was famed as a spa town. Thermal and mineral springs are both found close to the centre of the town, as is the world's only hot soda water geyser (Mokena)

“Te Aroha is the gem of the bunch: its soda spa bathhouses
set around the mountain and immaculate parks are
pure Victoriana.”

 – NZ Herald, Saturday May 12, 2012

  • Hot Springs Domain - Edwardian Buildings including the historic Cadman Museum "NZ's original sanatorium"
  • Mineral Soda Spa Baths - Unique, therapeutic, relaxing
  • Wyborn Leisure Pool Complex - Heated & designed for a diverse range of visitors
  • Mokena Geyser - The worlds only hot soda water geyser
  • Bushwalking - Day & overnight tramping in the Kaimai-Mamuku Forest Park
    • Mt Te Aroha - stunning views of coast and peaks of the Tongariro National Park
    • Waiorongomai Valley - Gold Mining history and artefacts
    • Wairere Falls - Spectacular walk to view a majestic waterfall in a two stage drop, 80 and 73 metres
  • Mountain Biking - 12 kms of all weather mountain bike track lacing the foothills of Mt Te Aroha (maps for sale at the Information Centre, bike hire from the Cottage Cafe - next to Spas).
  • Mountain Gloworms - Numerous sightings on adventurous night walks.
  • Heritage Trail - Fine historic Buildings & Monuments dating back to early 1880's
  • Queen Ann Pipe Organ - Built in 1712 it is the oldest pipe organ in the Southern Hemisphere - recitals by arrangement.
  • Antiques, Crafts and Gardens - Something for everyone.


2019 Events

February 2019
  • The Great Annual TOY LIBRARY AUCTIONFriday 08 February 2019

    The Te Aroha Toy Library are having their Annual Toy Library Auction at St David's Church Lounge from 7:30pm Amazing quality toys for ......

    Location: St David's Church Lounge, 32 Church Street, Te Aroha

  • CONTINUING EDUCATION - WIND FARMWednesday 20 February 2019

    Guest speaker to talk about proposed wind farm on Kaimais....

    Location: St. Mark's Lounge, Church Street, Te Aroha

  • TWILIGHT GALA - Stanley Avenue SchoolThursday 21 February 2019

    LIVE MUSIC,  Rides, Games, bouncy castles,  WHITE ELEPHANT STALL,  Awesome prizes, pig on a spit,  Produce, Food stalls, Scarecrows  And heaps more! Fun for the whole family...

    Location: Stanley Avenue School, Stanley Ave, Te Aroha

  • Te Aroha Annual Motorcycle & Classic Car Poker RunSaturday 23 February 2019

    Annual charity event in Te Aroha under the Te Aroha Mountain (Mountain of Love). All motorcycles and classic cars welcomed. Sign ......

    Location: Austins Bar and Bistro 174 Whitaker St, Te Aroha, Matamata-Piako 


    Come and join us at the historic Thackray's Hall for a day of learning the basics of bread making. We ......

    Location: Manawaru

March 2019
  • A DAY IN THE DOMAIN TE AROHASunday 03 March 2019

    A Day At the Domain Te Aroha Te Aroha Domain, 102 Whitaker St, Te Aroha, Matamata-Piako Sunday 3 March 2019 10:00am – ......

    Location: Te Aroha Domain 102 Whitaker Street Te Aroha


    Come and joine us at the historic Thackray's Hall for a day learning the basics of cider making. We will ......

    Location: Manawaru

April 2019

    Come and joine us at the historic Thackray's Hall for a day learning the basics of cider making. We will ......

    Location: Manawaru


Transport to Te Aroha is via Intercity Coachlines, either from Hamilton, Morrinsville or Paeroa connections.

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