Te Aroha Heritage Trail
Built as the Presbyterian Church in 1931 it is now used by a co-operating parish of Methodists and Presbyterians.
Back in Kenrick Street, turn left up to the World War I and II Memorial Clock Tower. The Great War Statue behind the tower was commissioned from McNabb and Mason of Auckland in the 1920’s. It is one of several examples in the Southern Hemisphere of the work of the Italian sculptor Giobonni. It is constructed of Canadian granite and represents a New Zealand Infantryman of the time.
The Anglican Church was built as a World War I Memorial “Peace” Church in 1926 at a total cost (including seating) of 4,230 pounds. This building houses the beautifully restored pipe organ built by Renatus Harris for Queen Ann in 1712. Brought to New Zealand in 1927 by Mrs Maude Wayne, it is the oldest pipe organ in the Southern Hemisphere.
This was originally a hotel in the gold-mining settlement of Waiorongomai and was moved to the present site in the early 1900’s. The southern portion of the building was completed in 1927 in complimentary style. The building is now known as Mokena Restaurant.
Hazelwood House was run as a boarding house by the Hotchins family for board and residence when the Te Aroha Mineral Baths was in its early prime in the lat 1800’s – early 1900’s. The site was brought by Peter Baine (related to the Hotchins by marriage) in 1907. It remained a boarding house for many years afterward.
Built in 1892 this home was the original Te Aroha Maternity Hospital. It forms part of the entrance way to the Soda Baths in the Hot Springs Domain.
Prior to 1985 the upper Tutumangaeo Stream fed Te Aroha’s water supply reservoir. During the 1985 storm a tributary of the storm changed course, filling the reservoir with boulders, trees and other debris, making the reservoir unusable.
This quaint villa was built prior to World War I for the Management of Hetheringtons. From 1913 until the early 1920’s it became the residence of Dr. Gordon, known for his extreme dedication to his patients during and after the World War I.