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5 Best Things to Do in Morrinsville

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What to Do in Morrinsville: The “Cream of the Country”

Surrounded by lush green dairy paddocks as far as the eye can see, Morrinsville adds a splash of colour in the Waikato region. Located 30km (19 miles) east of Hamilton, Morrinsville is brimming with creativity from a contemporary art gallery to colourful cow sculptures seen around the town. The town has unique stories to tell through its art and museum, as well as quirky cafes making it an essential pitstop on your road trip around the North Island. Find out more in this list of things to do in Morrinsville, New Zealand!

While you’re here, you might also be interested in 11 Free or Cheap Things to Do in Hamilton and 20 Places Off the Beaten Track in the North Island.

1. Find All of the Colourful Cows!

Herd of Cows? is an open-air exhibition of colourful cows scattered across the town of Morrinsville! As you’re wandering around, you’ll most likely notice the life-size cow sculptures, each showcasing part of the dairy industry heritage of the town. Pop into the local i-SITE get your Herd of Cows? trail map or even book yourself a personalised tour around the sculptures. It’s sure to be one of the most unique (and hilarious) things you do in New Zealand!

Location: Morrinsville town centre

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2. Check Out the Art at the Wallace Gallery

Another display of Morrinsville’s creative side is showcased in The Wallace Gallery. The contemporary gallery has five large display areas showing works from local New Zealand artists. Check out the museum Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm.

Location: 167 Thames Street©

3. Visit the Morrinsville Museum

Learn more about that dairy industry history that the town holds so dearly to at the fantastic Morrinsville Museum. Not only will you learn about one of New Zealand’s largest industries through a short film and dairy farming machinery through the ages, but you’ll also get the chance to learn about life in Morrinsville as a soldier settlement, and through education and medical displays. The 1873 McDonald Cottage is also a highlight giving you an insight into early settler life.

Location: 41 Canada Street

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4. Stop by One of the Quirky Cafes

If you’re looking for a place to stop for a bite to eat while road tripping around the North Island, then make it Morrinsville! You won’t regret it once you see the array of characterful cafes. Try the American-style Malibu Diner, The Crazee Cow Cafe behind one of the town’s cows, or Cafe Frock – a boutique meets cafe run by a local fashion designer.

Location: Thames Street

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5. Take a Trip to Te Aroha or Matamata

The great thing about Morrinsville is that it’s located in the middle of more of Waikato towns, each with their own charms. Try the nearby Edwardian spa town of Te Aroha or “real Middle Earth” at Matamata, where The Lord of the Rings was filmed. Get more inspiration from our 11 Things to Do in Matamata (That Doesn’t Involve Hobbits) and 6 Fun Things to Do in Te Aroha.

Location: Te Aroha is 21km (13 miles) from Morrinsville. Matamata is 33km (20.5 miles) from Morrinsville.©

More Things to Do Near Morrinsville

That’s it for the best things to do in Morrinsville. Find more activities for your travels in the 51 Best Things to Do on the North Island.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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