Te Awamutu Rose Gardens and
Memorial Park have around 2000 roses. The town holds its annual Rose
show in November, Memorial Park is only a few minutes walk from the
Rose Gardens. This park was opened in 1955 as a district memorial to
the men who served in the 1939-45 war as well as the campaigns in
Malaya and Korea. These names are inscribed on the walls of the
unique Sunken Cross, near the entrance to the park. Further on from
the Cross-, a historical panel represents the merger of European and
Maori histories. park features playground areas, stone wall
mural, a rose-covered pergola, a weeping fountain, duck pond, picnic
& recreation areas, gardens & walks, it’s also a favourite place for
- Te Awamutu Museum -
considered being one of the best smaller community museums in
the country with over 7000 objects in its collection.
A highlight is the ancient Maori artefact Uenuku.
See the True
Colours exhibition - tells
the story of Te Awamutu’s own Tim and Neil Finn and their rise to
fame in the bands Split Enz and Crowded House.
- Trust Waikato Events
Centre - a superb indoor facility for Basketball, Netball,
Concerts, exhibitions etc.
Several televised NBL (National Basketball League) games
were hosted here.
Livingstone Aquatics -
indoor pool, hydro slide, swim school, fitness centre.
- Sculpture Park: the 'Keep Te
Awamutu Beautiful' society has created amazing sculptures which
include 'The Gate', 'The Nurturing', 'Controversial' and
'Sounds' - an interactive music sculpture with instruments for
all to play
- The Woolshed Theatre and
Little Theatre - local productions including musicals, theatre,
and dance held throughout the year
- Te Awamutu BMX Club
- Kihikihi Speedway
- Pirongia Clydesdales -
Clydesdale horses, wagon ride trips.
- Mystery Creek - site of
internationally renowned National Fielddays held each year in
June, International Netball, Rally of New Zealand Headquarters,
Davis Cup Tennis
- Kaipaki - The Olde
Creamery Café - incorporating Simply Elegant Flowers Florist
shop along with art, crafts, gifts, and a wonderful café in a
relaxed garden setting. The Lily Pad & Cafe - outdoor art &
garden studio and cafe
/ Restaurants / Clubs
Dawn til Dusk, Stonegrill
104 George St Ph 07-870-6020.
Te Awamutu RSA
Waipa Workingmen’s Club
The Ale House
The Roast Hut
The Noodle Shop
Nanas’ Place is centrally situated to all Te
Awamutu sporting venues
Outdoors enthusiasts enjoy
the nearby Pirongia Forest Park, Yarndley's Bush, Lake
Ngaroto, and Mount Kakepuku - all
within 20 minutes of Te Awamutu.
- Heritage walking
tours of sites of local history
- Yarndley’s Bush -
one of the largest Kahikatea stands in the North Island,
it’s an easy 30 min boardwalk.
- Lake Ngaroto - 90
min flat walk around the lake. Ideal area for kayaking,
yachting, and rowing. Playground and BBQ area
- Mt Kakepuku – is a
steady climb - 449m high summit with great views. 3
hours return. A mountain bike track also traverses
around the mountain on old farm tracks.
- Mt Pirongia – A
bush-clad mountain offering a mix of walks from 5 mins
to 10 hours, with a hut for trampers near the summit. Mt Pirongia also has
hunting and fishing to offer.
-(Ecological Island Reserve) Completely pest proof fenced and
threatened species being reintroduced to the mountain i.e. North
Island brown kiwi, tuatara and takahe. 2 main access points - 2
- CastleRock Adventure
at Wharepapa South; offer Professionally guided
rock-climbing, abseiling, flying fox and off-road mountain
- Waitomo Caves – well
known for underground exploration, glow-worms, black-water
rafting, all about 35 - 40 mins drive
Fishing / Surfing
quirky West Coast beach town of Raglan
(1 hrs drive) is
known throughout the international surfing community for its
amazing left hand break. As a result, the local township is
laid back, crafty and well furnished with good
in the surf or off the wharf at Raglan or Kawhia - just 30
-35 mins drive away with fantastic coastal views to be seen.
fishing - several spots nearby include Arapuni, Whakamaru,
Maraetai, all within an hours drive
within 15 mins drive,
- Pirongia Art
Exhibition & Craft Market held annually in September
Art & Craft Shop & Gallery - monthly exhibiting artists,
great gift selection
- Ohaupo - Clock World and Café; The Tree
House - wonderful crafts and gift selection.