Pirongia Village and Mountain:
Discover the range of great walking and cycling trails on offer Visit Lake Serpentine: The National Wetlands Centre is the perfect place to see the plants and wildlife of this unique environment Meander through the lavender farms. Lavendar farms in the area produce a range of boutique lavender products with the grounds particularly picturesque in November to January Get close to nature: Take a guided tour at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari and explore the native ancient forest Pick your own fresh blueberries: Blueberry Country offers a chance to pick your berries straight from the bush from December to March.
Known as "the town of roses" and surrounded by rich farmland, Te Awamutu is a significant contributor to the region's prosperous dairy industry and is home to one of the largest producers of Manuka honey-based health products in the country.
Walking enthusiasts will enjoy the many walking trails on offer around the township, such as the Lake Ngaroto wetland, the native bush-clad mountains of Pirongia, the nearby Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, and many more.
Just south of Te Awamutu is the small town of Kihikihi, known for its speedway and polo grounds, which hosts events such as the Kihikihi Intemational Horse Trial each year.
The award winning Viands Bakery in the main street is a must stop for hungry travelers passing through looking for a bite to eat.
The area has a rich history, with several significant Waikato War sites including one of the most famous at Orakau just outside Kihikihi.
The Te Awamutu Museum provides an insight into the area's history and people, showcasing stories and oortant taonga (treasure) The Tainui people, as well as regular local exhibitions.
For the food-lovers, Te Awamutu's cafes and delis are ideal for a lazy lunch while the regular farmer's markets provide the perfect opportunity to sample some of the locally grown produce.
The area also offers many unique experiences including the chance to visit a lavender farm. Pirongia hosts the annual Pirongia Craft Market with upwards of 7,000 visitors flocking to the village each year and is known for its quaint galleries, cafes, the ever-popular Pirongia Boxing Day Races, and the the magnificent Pirongia Clydesdales.
The Te Awamutu area also encompasses a variety of great golf clubs such as the Pirongia and Ngahinapouri clubs, which rest beneath Pirongia Mountain.