south on SH3. You will pass through the settlements of Rukuhia, Ohaupo and
Te Rahu before rolling into Te Awamutu.
Te Awamutu is a
good place to explore for its historic buildings and traditional country gardens.
Leave town via SH3 again through Kihikihi where there is another good heritage
trail to discover.
through Kiokio and you will come to Otorohanga - the official 'Kiwiana' capital
of New Zealand. This is a great place to observe our native bird at the kiwi
About 8km south
of Otorohanga on SH3 there is a right turn onto SH37. Take this turn off and
about 5km down this road you will come to the Waitomo Caves. The Waitomo Caves
are famous for their magnificent stalactites and stalagmites.
to Te Kuiti via Tokoroa
Head south on SH1,
which follows the Waikato River. You soon hit horse country - Cambridge, the
North Island's most English of towns.
Just south of Cambridge
is Lake Karapiro, home of New Zealand rowing. Grab a picnic and enjoy the
Still on SH1 and
heading down the island, you pass through Tirau which is a great place to
stop for lunch and check out the shops.
Then on to farming
town of Putaruru.
Finally you come
to Tokoroa, which is where the Kinleith pulp and paper mill is situated. Plenty
of trout fishing and boating can be had in and around the settlement.
Turn down SH32
and pass through the town locale of Whakamaru, which starts on SH30.
Now you are heading
west where you'll pass through the settlements of Barryville, Pureora, Mangapehi,
Kopaki, Pukeutu and Waiteti before hitting the King Country's main town of
is recommended that you have detailed road maps before departing on your trip