The perfect way to enjoy Te Aroha is to launch yourself on a hiking trail up the mountain, then recover with a long soak in a hot mineral pool.
The Edwardian spa town of Te Aroha sits at the base of Mount Te Aroha, which is the tallest peak in the Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park. Hiking tracks up Mount Te Aroha begin in the town domain; it takes about 3 hours to reach the summit. with shorter trails available around the base of the mountain.
Other popular trails include those found in the Waiorongomai Valley, a significant gold mining area home to several mining relics and the Wairere Falls Walk, a short drive south-east of the township.
Or grab a bike and ride the Te Aroha to Paeroa section of the Hauraki Rail Trail, and the many great mountain bike trails on offer.
The domain itself offers a picturesque insight into the spa history of the area. Old Edwardian style building house a museum, café and the popular natural mineral spas. Pop behind the spa building and with a little patience you will see the world’s only natural hot soda water geyser, Mokena Geyser, erupt.
To town is also home to great local cafes, shops and artists and only a short drive to Hobbiton Movie Set(opens in new window).