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Te Aroha, New Zealand @tearohanz 1 day 1 night

Day trip to Te Aroha:
an underrated gem,
an Edwardian spa town

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Day trip to Te Aroha
An underrated gem, an Edwardian spa town

The Edwardian spa town is New Zealand’s intact original spa resort nestled at the base of Mount Te Aroha. Edwardian buildings are current homes for the museum, cafes and the popular natural mineral spa. Indulgence is just a day trip from Auckland.

A touch of indulgence, soak in warm natural mineral waters. Your day starts with a restorative mid morning pick up in one of the numerous cafes lining the heritage main street. Energy levels up, start your walk with an exploration of the Domain moving onto your second late morinng stroll, with a selection of town walks ranging from 30 minutes to an hour give you enough time to spend the rest of your day indulging in one of New Zealand’s earliest holiday experiences, a day at the spa.

Te Aroha @Trover

Spirit of Te Aroha

You’ve booked your spa and got an hour or so until you are pampered and indulged. How about a ramble around the town’s Edwardian features to get into the spirit of Te Aroha. You could start your walk with the Lower Domain to view the town’s natural geyser and pick whether to explore the reservoir loop or Tui Domain track.

Edwardian Bandstand and gardens in the Te Aroha Domain


Te Aroha Holiday Park & Hot Pools @Booking

Te Aroha Holiday Park & Hot Pools

Te Aroha deserves more than a day trip.  You are indulging in a weekend away with several booked spa treatments.  A great idea and stay at Te Aroha Holiday Park and Hot Pools.  The holiday park has its own private hot pool. The perfect antidote as you have alternative indulgence on tap at your accommodation.Te Aroha Holiday Park is a unique country camping experience in one of New Zealand’s few remaining traditional holiday parks in the Waikato. Enjoy soaking in our mineral hot pool (open during the evening), Alternatively enjoy a BBQ on the private deck of your own self-contained cottage. There is an adventure playground amongst oak trees. Warm cosy cabins to spend a wintery night something to think about when you need a break.

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Te Aroha @Stuff

From Te Aroha tourist online resource:

  • Te Aroha was officially born with the opening of the Waiorongomai Goldfields in 1880. The hot springs along with the surrounding land was gifted to the Crown as a reserve by local Maori Chief Te Mokena Hau in 1882. When the curative values of the spring water was discovered by Europeans a bore was sunk, resulting in a geyser of hot soda water…the only one of its kind in the world. It was named the Mokena Geyser, in honour of the Maori chief. The 1880s saw the Domain planted out and promoted in the fashion of the European Spas. Te Aroha became the first geothermal spa town to annually receive thousands of visitors, many traveling by boat and train to ‘take the waters’. As its popularity continued the area of the Domain was increased by the purchase of adjoining land from the Morgan and Lipsey families. This expanded the recreation resource to include a network of walking tracks and indigenous forest.

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