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Otorohanga @WaikatoNZ Otorohanga @WaikatoNZ

From Kawhai the route slips inland to the funky town Otorohanga. A town celebrating kiwiana is an amusing place for kids and all age groups. Hokey Pokey ice cream is a favourite with dairy next door to sample the real thing. For lovers of native birds Otorohanga Kiwi House has guided daily tours to spot our elusive kiwis and detailed kids sheets to keep everyone entertained. The town is pretty with a streetscape framed with floral hanging baskets.


  • Kiwiana on steroids, murals, enormous sculptures, statutes and open air art.
  • Kiwi House, native bird sanctuary
  • Otorohanga Courthouse Museum

Postcard pretty main street is augmented with the Sir Ed Hillary walk, a visual feast of kiwiana objects. Nearby the  Otorohanga Historical Society Courthouse Museum, managed by volunteers, has replica buildings and exhibits and is a reservoir of local history. Take a day trip to Kawhai for natural spa treatment at the local hot water beach Te Puia.

Read more Otorohanga: Things To Do and See in a Travel Guide – Best Bits.

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