1. Watch the wildlife at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
Nature-lovers, don’t miss the native wildlife haven of Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. Protected by a predator-proof fence, Sanctuary Mountain contains an ancient forest rich with native bird life. Enjoy one of the many walks through the forest or take a guided tour to the tuatara and takahe enclosure to see some of the rarest and most fascinating wildlife in New Zealand.
Location: 99 Tari Road, 28km from Te Awamutu
2. Walk around Lake Serpentine & Lake Ngaroto
More wildlife can be spotted at Lake Serpentine, a.k.a Rotopiko. This wildlife sanctuary has a research and educational facility with fun information panels around the lake that are great for kids and kids-at-heart. If that wasn’t enough, more lake and wetland adventures await at Lake Ngaroto with a 1h30min loop walk to enjoy around the lake.
Location: Lake Serpentine – State Highway 3, 10km north of Te Awamutu. Lake Ngaroto – Bank Road, 7km north of Te Awamutu
3. Visit the local lavender farm
Among the dairy fields is something a little different – something to add a bit of colour to the landscape. The Alphra Lavender Farm is open from December to February offering free tours of the farm, as well as selling a range of boutique lavender products. Otherwise, pop in for a colourful photo opportunity!
Location: Allen Road, 9km south of Te Awamutu
4. Pick your own blueberries
Another seasonal activity showcasing the fertile lands surround Te Awamutu is the blueberry orchards of Blueberry Country. Between December and March, pop in for the chance to pick your own blueberries! That’s a healthy and delicious snack for the road! Find the sister orchard on your travels in Ngatea, with more information in our5 Fun Things to Do in Ngatea.
Location: Jary Road, 11km north of Te Awamutu
5. Visit the Te Awamutu Museum
Every small town in New Zealand has a museum and the Te Awamutu Museum is certainly one of the most well-appointed. With ever-changing exhibitions, you’ll never know what you’ll find, but in an area which was a significant part of the Waikato Wars and often holding importantrelics of the local Tainui people, you’re sure to find something to pique your interest.
Location: 135 Roche Street