Te Aroha is a township that surprises. Nestled at the base of the Kaimai Range the town is off the main highway trunks. Te Aroha is a place you go to visit. You will not stumble across Te Aroha.
The township has a strong sense of identity and is managing its history with care.
Te Aroha has a population of circa 4,000.
Te Aroha’s main attraction is the hot springs, with attractive and well set out swimming baths and pools. The Waihou River runs through Te Aroha. Close by to the east is the base of the Kaimai Ranges In the late 19th century; Te Aroha was famed as a spa town. Thermal and mineral springs are both found close to the centre of the town.
“In the 1890s, Te Aroha was a flourishing spa town, patronized by the elite of Victorian society. While the ladies and gentlemen of that era have long since gone, the gracious buildings remain in the gardens of Te Aroha Domain.
The town's museum is housed in one of the historic buildings. Soaking in the thermal waters drawn from the nearby Mokena geyser is still a major reason for visiting. Rising above the domain is bush clad Mount Te Aroha.”
The War Memorial is located close to the town centre.