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Activities and Attractions in Te Awamutu

Te Awamutu is also known as Rose Town and is famous as the birthplace of Kiwi musicians Tim and Neil Fin of Split Enz and Crowded House fame. The town lies in the heart of Waikato's farming district, close to sporting facilities, golf courses and a rugby sports centre. Other day trips to most parts of the Waikato include Waitomo Caves, Raglan, Kawhia and Yardley bush walk, Lake Ngaroto, Mt Pirongia, Mt Kakepuku. Fishing and hunting are also available in the vicinity. Just a 50 minute trip to Matamata to the popular Hobbiton Movie Set.

Te Awamutu's Rose Garden and Memorial Park Gardens

The gardens are particularly attractive with approximately 2000 bushes. The two gardens are linked by the Pioneer Walk. Memorial Park the perfect spot for a picnic with the family and plenty of space for the kids to burn some energy in the play ground or feed the ducks.

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Te Awamutu Museum

The Te Awamutu Museum displays the Maori and European history of the area. A highlight is the ancient Maori artefacts Uneuku.

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Yarndley's Bush

Stop along Ngaroto Road and take the easy 30 minute bush walk through Yarndleys Bush - 15 hectares of Kaihikatea Bush.

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Mount Pirongia Forest Park

A bush-clad mountain offering a mix of walks from 5 minutes to 7 hours, with a hut for trampers near the summit. Mount Pirongia Horse Treks offer horse rides on the mountain slopes.

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Sanctuary Mountain

Located just 25 minutes drive away its a must visit. Step through the pest-proof gate into another world. Maungaraurari is a mainland ecological island, thanks to the efforts of a dedicated community and the presence of a 47km pest-proof fence many of New Zealand's rarest and most endangered flora and fauna co-exist in a spectacular environment.

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Ngarunui Beach

Fancy a day at the beach, just a 50 minute scenic drive to the west coast is Ngarunui Beach a lovely village to visit with some great shops & cafes' and scenic walks and of course Ngarunui Beach is a popular spot for the keen surfer and beach goer.

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Golf

For the avid golfer there are numerous golf clubs in close proximity, base yourself here and make day trips to the surrounding clubs - Te Awamutu Golf Club just 4-5 minutes drive. Waitomo Golf club just 25 minutes away. Pirongia course just 10 minutes drive. Cambridge 15 minutes. Narrows Golf Club 20 mins.

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Lake Ngaroto

Lake Ngaroto, home to a range of water-loving plants and animals, is one of the best places in the Waikato to experience natural wetland. A 90-minute walk around the lake includes regular signs with information and illustrations about the local ecology.

The walk is flat, well-maintained and relatively easy for able-bodied people. The walk is open all year although parts may be wet in winter.

Some parts of the track have no shade and get very hot in Summer. A sun-hat is recommended.

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