Morrinsville is situated approx 137km south-east of Auckland (1hr 40min), 33km north-east of Hamilton (30min), 104km north-west of Rotorua (1hr 30min).
Morrinsville is a friendly rural town situated between the Kaimai Ranges and the Waikato River. The easy-rolling terrain surrounding the town makes for some of the best farmland in New Zealand. Morrinsville has a population of approx 7,000 people.
Enjoy the wide variety of shops and take time out in one of the many excellent cafes and restaurants with friendly local service. Or find out more about local history by visiting the Morrinsville Museum or the Wallace Gallery.
Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Piako River, admire historic buildings along the Heritage Trail, or even take in a game of Golf at the Morrinsville Golf Club.
The local Recreation Ground offers heated pools during the summer months, playgrounds, plenty of space to run around, and a pleasant river walk. Or you could visit one of the many beautiful parks and gardens.
Morrinsville is primarily a service center for the farming community. Its close proximity to Hamilton, the Coromandel, Tauranga, and Auckland. Which makes Morrinsville an ideal place to stop for an overnight stay.
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
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
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 1873McDonald Cottage is also a highlight giving you an insight into early settler life.
Location: 41 Canada Street
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.
Location: Thames Street