South Waikato

While you're here

Cycle along the mighty Waikato River.
Over 100kms of grade 2-4 cycling and walking tracks run alongside the river
See the crystal clear waters of The Blue Spring.
Te Waihou Walkway in Putaruru is a stunninq 4.7km (one way) scenic walk to the picturesque spring Stop for a shop in Tirau.
Tirau offers quirky antiques, art, collectables and corrugated iron creations along with a range of cafes to visit.
Take a walk to see the Talking Poles in Tokoroa: the art installation that depicts the heritage and cultural history of the area Playa round of golf.

Play at one or all of the four golf courses dotted around the South Waikato With its innovative engineering, rich dairy farming history, forestry heritage and stunning' waterways, the South Waikato district is quickly becoming known as a key destination for those seeking cycling adventures.

The 'corrugated iron capital of New Zealand' Tirau, is most well-known for its giant corrugated iron sheep .and dog structures on the main street, welcoming you to the small but vibrant town.
These eye-catching structures, along with a number of great cafes, boutique galleries and unique arts and crafts stores make for an ideal spot to visit.

Further south, the township of Putaruru is home to the award-winning Over The Moon Cheese Company and the beautiful Blue Spring at Te Waihou Walkway.
The spring is iconic for its vibrant blue colour, while remaining virtually clear, and is so pure that it is the source for around 70% of New Zealand's bottled water.
Tokoroa celebrates its forestry, artistic and cultural heritage with the carved Talking Poles sculpture trail through town.
With over 35 cultures residing in the area, visitors from worldwide will feel welcome.
The South Waikato region is gaining a reputation as a hub for cycling. One of New Zealand's 'Great Rides' the Waikato River Trails follows the Waikato River as it winds its way through the region, providing what is becoming one of the country's most popular cycleways.
The Cougar Mountain Bike Park near Tokoroa is another popular track, while the Waikato River's many hydro dams provide spectacular views with great spots for boating, trout fishing or a riverside picnic.
Heated pools in Tokoroa and natural hot springs at Okoroire near Tirau offer year-round family fun, and keen golfers can take their pick of one or more of the four courses on offer in the area.

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