PIOPIO - The little Jewel on the Highway

Piopio is a small, friendly community, approximately half way between Hamilton and New Plymouth on State Highway 3, with a long, very scenic road to the south of it, 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 the free public toilets there have a well-earned reputation of cleanliness.

The short stroll for “stretching the legs” brings you to cafés, antiques, and other shops, and the great little museum depicting the earlier years of the district. The Village Green is another lovely Picnic area in the centre of the township.

Piopio has all necessities for the travelling public, the last service station for many miles south, and the only panel-beater’s bake-oven in the Waitomo District.

For those who can stay a while, friendly home-stay accommodation is one of Piopio’s pleasures.

Local attractions include the Mokau River and its tributaries, several waterfalls, amazing limestone bluffs, rain forest, with pleasant walks.

Piopio is the perfect base from which to make day-visits with less than 2 hours’ travelling to several West Coast beaches, eg: 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.

For those who are going to join this nicely integrated, bicultural rural community, you’ll find excellent schools with school bus services, churches, marae, and many diverse cultural, farming, sports, social clubs and interest groups.

One thing you can be assured of, is a very friendly welcome.

To find out more – visit www.piopionz.com