You’ll pass through Morrinsville going to (or coming from) the hot spring pleasures of Te Aroha. While it’s primarily a service centre for the local farming community, you’ll find some interesting shops and a choice of cafés. The town’s museum includes an 1874 pioneer cottage from the district, fully furnished with authentic household items. The museum also has a Maori waka (canoe), as well as a collection of farm machinery and tools that were in common use around Morrinsville. Functional facts: Approx. population 6600, motel accommodation, basic shops and services.