The center of New Zealand’s thriving dairy industry, Morrinsville offers a slice of rural Waikato lifestyle. Take a trip back in time at the Morrinsville Museum, invoke a sense of imagination at the Wallace Gallery or visit the hot springs in nearby Te Aroha.
Things to do in Morrinsville
Learn about Morrinsville’s rich history at the Morrinsville Museum, where you can explore a 1870s pioneer cottage. See authentic household items, colonial children’s toys and a Maori waka canoe, then browse farm machinery and tools that were used during that time.
Housing the largest collection of New Zealand contemporary art, the Wallace Gallery is the perfect place to learn about the country’s emerging art scene. Browse the three exhibition rooms, including the James Wallace Art Trust collection, which includes over 6,000 pieces of work from local artists.
Breathe in the fresh air along the Morrinsville Heritage Trail, which stretches 2.7 kilometers and passes Howie Park and the historic McDonald’s Cottage. Stop and photograph the “Herd of Cows” and “Mega Cow” street art installments showcasing the town’s strong dairying heritage and art culture.
Rejuvenate your weary muscles in Te Aroha, home to the finest spas in the Waikato region. The Te Aroha hot pools, baths and spas boast mineral springs that flow from beneath Mount Te Aroha, which are said to be therapeutic. Get pampered at Te Aroha Spas with a body treatment or take the family to the Te Aroha Leisure Pools.
Getting around Morrinsville
You can fly from Christchurch, Palmerston North and Wellington to Hamilton Airport, which is a 30-minute drive from Morrinsville. Local buses service Morrinsville’s city center, while a car is needed to travel further afield.