As part of the New Zealand Cycleway project, the Hauraki Rail Trail has been built. One section will run the 20kms from Paeroa to Te Aroha.The Nunneryis the closest accommodation to the cycleway start/finish.
Te Aroha: What to do and see
Go to the Domain:
Just a 3 block, 5-7min stroll from The Nunnery, the Domain is the leisure hub of Te Aroha.
Is there another town in New Zealand where one can commence a mountain climb a couple of blocks from the main street? The climb starts from the Domain and is an upward grade virtually the whole way.
How long does it take to reach the top? Unsurprisingly it depends how fast you go. A very fit person could get to the top in one hour, whereas it may take another up to three hours.
The view from the top is spectacular. On a clear day you can see Mt.Taranaki.
Enjoy the native bush. Enjoy the bird lifel; kereru, fantails, the north island robin, waxeyes tuis & tomtits are regularly spotted.
If you find reaching the summit too daunting, why not attempt the Whakapipi Lookout about a quarter the way up and enjoy the view of the Te Aroha township and environs?
Tramp in the Waiorongomai Valley:
The Waiorongomai walks are about 3km south of The Nunnery. The day walks do not demand a high level of fitness.
As well as enjoying the bush and creeks, one can see the remnants of the mid to late 19th century gold mining days in the area. Signs have been erected explaining how the derelict equipment functioned in the old days. Borrow a map from The Nunnery.
See the Wairere Falls:
The Wairere Falls are a 15-20 minute drive from the Nunnery.
The walk to the base of the falls is an easy walk on which one can enjoy the stone bottomed streams.
It is worth the extra effort to reach the top of the falls, not only to enjoy the view of the farmland below, but also to enjoy the tranquility of the stream feeding the falls.
Walk the Wetlands:
A 10-15min walk from The Nunnery, The Howarth Memorial Wetland Loop Walk is through an established bird sanctuary following for the most part the western bank of the Waihou river.
This is a popular walk for local residents.
The mountain-biking track along the base of the mountain is growing ever more popular. If you do not have a bike, you can hire one from Outdoor Adventure, Te Aroha. www.outdooradventure.co.nz The nunnery has a map of the course.
Go Trout Fishing:
There are trout in the Waihou river and other rivers, creeks, and streams descending the Kaimai Ranges.
For licences go to Outdoor Adventure, Te Aroha in the main street. www.outdooradventure.co.nz
Have a Round of Golf:
The Te Aroha Golf Club is less than a 5min drive from The Nunnery.
If you are having a poor round, take your mind off it by enjoying the views available of the surrounding countryside on the back 9. Or try another course.
Paeroa, Matamata, Walton, Morrinsville and Tahuna are a short drive away.
Go to the Races:
The Te Aroha racecourse with its long straight is one of the finest in the country.
Patrons particularly enjoy the mountain backdrop and the picnic area with its many shade trees.
The club holds about 8 meetings a year. Most are midweek, but in early April the club has a Saturday meeting in which the Group One NZ Thoroughbred Stakes is run.
With their long and close links with the club no-one is better placed than The Nunnery hosts to ensure you are well catered for on your day at the Te Aroha races. www.trac.co.nz
If required The Nunnery will provide guests transport to and from the course
Ironique Café www.ironique.co.nz 7day- breakfast, lunch, dinner
Berlusconi on Whitaker (wine bar) - Wed:. dinner. Thurs-Sun.: brunch, dinner
Grand Tavern – Wed: dinner, Thurs & Fri: lunch & dinner, Sat & Sun: dinner only
Palace Hotel – Thurs & Fri: lunch. Wed-Sat: dinner
RSA- Fri: lunch & dinner, – Thurs, Fri & Sat: dinner
Te Aroha Club-Thurs, Fri & Sat: dinner
Mokena Restaurant - Fri, Sat & Sun evenings: - Smorgasbords
Clove Restaurant – South Indian. Tues to Sat: lunch & dinner , Sun: dinner only
as well as-----
Indian Cuisine, Asian Cuisine, Kiwi Takeaways – Fish & chips & Pizza and six Cafés
Go out for a drink:
Grand Tavern- TAB. Easy walk from The Nunnery
Palace Hotel- Self-service TAB. Easy walk from The Nunnery
Berlusconi on Whitaker- Wine bar. Easy walk from The Nunnery
RSA. Easy walk from The Nunnery
Te Aroha Club. Easy walk from The Nunnery
Waihou Tavern. Courtesy van available on weekends.
Visit nearby places by car:
Waihi Beach approx. 45 min
Hamilton approx. 40 min
Mystery Creek – Fieldays, Boat Show, Sporting Events appox. 45 min
Tauranga approx. 60 min
Rotorua approx. 70min
Auckland approx. 80 min
Matamata (Hobbiton) – approx. 20 min
Trip 1 - The Nunnery – Waihi – Whangamata - Thames – Home to the Nunnery – about 4 hrs driving.
Trip 2 - The Nunnery – Whitianga – Coromandel - Thames – Home to the Nunnery – about 5 hrs driving. ( Leaves plenty of time for sightseeing, swimming etc.)