District Heritage Trail
The Matamata-Piako District Heritage Trail links the towns of Matamata, Te Aroha and Morrinsville and visits places of historical interest on the way. Separate trails are available for each of these three towns. This trail follows the Old Te Aroha Road under the Kaimai Range, which went from Te Aroha to Wairongomai in 1886, to service the gold miners and their families. Later the road extended to the Wairere Falls and the halfway house that catered for visitors to the area. The horse-drawn coach service carried on to Okauia, Te Poi, the Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel and Rotorua. This Heritage Trail circles around from Te Aroha to Okauia, then to Matamata and Morrinsville and back to Te Aroha. There are several side trips on the route and places of historical interest are marked on the way. It can be accessed at any point along the trail.
Many sites are privately owned and the owner’s privacy should be respected. This trail is 159.6km long.
Note: Hard copy guides are also available from Matamata, Morrinsville and Te Aroha information centre's for $5
See the map below (click to enlarge) for the full trail