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Having a holiday vacation in a tranquil and really relaxing place is, indeed, one of the many ways to temporarily forget the noise of the city and the stressful workplace. Among the many exceptional places you can visit to relax is the country of New Zealand, specifically the town of Te Aroha. With the many available affordable flights to new Zealand , visiting this breathtaking place is now made easier. What are you waiting for? Know more about Te Aroha and start planning for your getaway!

Te Aroha is a rural town in the Thames Valley region of New Zealand with a population of 3,768 (2006 census). It is 53km northeast of Hamilton and 50 kilometres south of Thames. The name 'Te Aroha' comes from the Māori word Aroha, where legend has it that Rāhiri climbed the mountain and saw his homeland in the distance and felt a sense of love (aroha) for it. The name is often rendered in English as 'place of love'.

Te Aroha is at the centre of a dairy farming community and much of its economic activity is in serving that community. Just a two hour drive from Auckland,Te Aroha is becoming a popular tourist destination for both Aucklanders and overseas tourists.

The Waihou River runs through Te Aroha. Close by to the east is the base of the Kaimai Ranges, and the town is overlooked by the 952-metre Mount Te Aroha. To the north of the town is the low-lying, swampy land of the Hauraki Plains. In the late 19th century, Te Aroha was famed as a spa town. Thermal and mineral springs are both found close to the centre of the town, as is the world's only hot soda water geyser (Mokena)

“Te Aroha is the gem of the bunch: its soda spa bathhouses
set around the mountain and immaculate parks are
pure Victoriana.”

 – NZ Herald, Saturday May 12, 2012

  • Hot Springs Domain - Edwardian Buildings including the historic Cadman Museum "NZ's original sanatorium"
  • Mineral Soda Spa Baths - Unique, therapeutic, relaxing
  • Wyborn Leisure Pool Complex - Heated & designed for a diverse range of visitors
  • Mokena Geyser - The worlds only hot soda water geyser
  • Bushwalking - Day & overnight tramping in the Kaimai-Mamuku Forest Park
    • Mt Te Aroha - stunning views of coast and peaks of the Tongariro National Park
    • Waiorongomai Valley - Gold Mining history and artefacts
    • Wairere Falls - Spectacular walk to view a majestic waterfall in a two stage drop, 80 and 73 metres
  • Mountain Biking - 12 kms of all weather mountain bike track lacing the foothills of Mt Te Aroha (maps for sale at the Information Centre, bike hire from the Cottage Cafe - next to Spas).
  • Mountain Gloworms - Numerous sightings on adventurous night walks.
  • Heritage Trail - Fine historic Buildings & Monuments dating back to early 1880's
  • Queen Ann Pipe Organ - Built in 1712 it is the oldest pipe organ in the Southern Hemisphere - recitals by arrangement.
  • Antiques, Crafts and Gardens - Something for everyone.