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All About Tokoroa
Located in the South Waikato district on the North Island of New Zealand, the town of Tokoroa is surrounded by green rolling hills dotted with a combination of palm trees and evergreens. You’ll see sheep and cattle grazing on the lush grass, as Tokoroa is known for its sheep and dairy farming; make sure you try some of the local artisan and specialty cheeses during your stay here.
As you explore the town, keep an eye out for the Talking Poles, wooden sculptures displayed along the streets, many carved from local timber. They depict the town’s history and the people who have made Tokoroa their home. When you’re looking to explore the outdoors, visit Lake Moananui Reserve and enjoy the serene setting for fishing and wildlife viewing. You can also take a bike ride around the lake or a trip to Cougar Park Mountain Bike Park on the outskirts of town, where you’ll find more than 12 off-road forest tracks for varying skill levels.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Tokoroa
November through April is generally considered the best time to look for rentals in Tokoroa. The temperatures during this time are cool but comfortable, even in New Zealand’s summer months, which are December through February. This is also the best time to experience one of the many festivals in the area that are within driving distance from Tokoroa. In March, Auckland hosts the Pasifika Festival, a Pacific Islands-themed festival with performances, food and craft booths, and cultural dance workshops. The winter months, June through August, are cold and wet with occasional snowfall, so come prepared with a warm coat and boots.
Top things to do in Tokoroa
Lake Moananui Reserve
Lake Moananui Reserve, located on the southwestern outskirts of Tokoroa, covers more than 60 acres. The lake provides a peaceful setting to enjoy fishing, kayaking, and paddle boating. A paved walking path around the lake makes it easy for you to observe the ornamental flower beds and exotic trees and spot the many bird species that live in the wetland region at the southern end of the lake. Bring lunch and relax in one of the picnic areas after exploring the reserve.
The New Zealand Timber Museum
Around 15 minutes north of Tokoroa, the New Zealand Timber Museum showcases the history of the South Waikato District, known as the hub of New Zealand’s forestry and timber industry. You’ll find restored historic buildings, photographs from the early 20th century, wood crafts from local artists, a local geology display, and numerous pieces of antique logging machinery.
Tokoroa Talking Pole Forest
As you travel around Tokoroa, you’ll spot many tall wooden carvings known as Talking Poles displayed along the streets. The sculptures represent a variety of cultural symbols for the region. As a nod to the importance of the local logging industry, many of the poles were created from local timber — like the Slender Lady, carved from tōtara, a tree native to the North and South Islands. There’s a map of the locations of the Talking Poles so you can find all these unique sculptures.