Pirongia is a small country town 20 kms west of Hamilton. In current times Pirongia is best known for the Alexandra Boxing Day Race Meeting, of which crowds from the entire region descend.

Pirongia is also a favorite stop off point for those using the Hamilton By-Pass to refresh.

There is a monument that gives some details of early Maori conflicts, where the musket overcame peaceful options in land disputes.

Mount Pirongia looms over the Pirongia Valley and ‘peak’ tri-pod is now a land mark in Pirongia itself.

The Pirongia Hotel is also a landmark building.

Pirongia was originally named Alexandra but to avoid confusion with the town of that name in the South Island the name was changed to Pirongia.

Alexandra Racing Club, established in 1866, is reputed to be the second oldest racing club in New Zealand.

The village has experienced rapid population growth since the 1980s as city-dwellers seeking a rural lifestyle have migrated to Pirongia. This has changed the town's character from rural to suburban in a short period of time.

Pirongia also has a rural fire force located in the village to protect native bush in the area.

Pirongia is also home to the famous Pirongia Clydesdale horses regularly seen at public events throughout the countryside.

The combination of shops, cafes, arts and crafts makes Pirongia a great place to visit. Certainly allow more than an hour.


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities   Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic   Swimming
Tap water Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information   Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course