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Piopio Site

Our streets are all named after native birds,
because of the extinct Native Thrush Piopio*

We appreciate permission from www.nzbirds.com to use pictures from
Buller's book of NZ birds.

Image:Mangaotaki Rd, Piopio Image:Memorial Hall, Piopio

Piopio is a small friendly rural community,

approximately half way between Hamilton and New Plymouth on State Highway 3, with a long, very scenic road to the south of us, often windy and with few stopping places.

Many travellers stop at Kara Park, the picnic area at the north end of Piopio. Children enjoy the playground and our free Public Toilets there have a well-earned reputation of cleanliness. The short stroll for “stretching the legs” brings you to our Cafés, Antiques, and other shops, and the great little Museum.

The Village Green is another lovely Picnic area in the centre of the township.

We have all necessities for the travelling public, the last Service Station for many miles south, and the only vehicle bake-oven in the Waitomo District.

For those who can stay a while, friendly accommodation is one of our pleasures, whether in private homes or at the Hotel. Local attractions include the Mokau River and its tributaries, several waterfalls, amazing limestone bluffs, rain forest, with pleasant walks.

We are the perfect base from which to make day-visits with less than 2 hours’ travelling to several West Coast beaches, Marokopa Falls, Mangapohue Natural Bridge (a double limestone bridge formed by the Waitomo stream), Waitomo Caves, Pureora Forest, Lake Taupo, Mt Ruapehu, Hamilton, Te Awamutu, Cambridge, Otorohanga, Te Kuiti, Taumarunui, Waitara, or New Plymouth, etc - everything from sand to snow, open fields to dense bush, fishing or lazing in the sun to tramping and pig-hunting, beach to mountain to city to tourist venue and souvenir shops..

Perhaps you are coming to join this nicely integrated, bicultural rural community. We have excellent schools with School Bus Services, Churches, Marae, and many diverse cultural, farming, sports, social clubs and interest groups. We look forward to meeting you.

* There is another story, that a small part of the district was named Piopio by the Maoris after a failed potato crop. Using the name for the whole district came about by confusion at the time the Pakeha came.

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