Morrinsville, New Zealand is the cream of the country

October 4

Morrinsville is more than just the home of one of New Zealand’s biggest collections of street art cows. But even if it were, this rural town set in a north east corner of New Zealand’s North Island is definitely worth a visit.

What is Morrinsville known for?

Morrinsville (along with Te Aroha and Matamata), in the Waikato region of new Zealand, is mainly a dairy farming service centre. But that doesn’t mean it’s boring around Morrinsville.

The Heritage Centre on Canada Street has a fully-furnished 1873 pioneer house, all the better to live out your Victorian-era frontier dreams. Then there’s the town’s famous roadside attraction: the  6.5m-tall Mega Cow.

Morrinsville is also know for its non-bovine-related arts scene. The Wallace Gallery is a contemporary art gallery that showcases the work of New Zealand artists. 

For movie buffs, the Hobbiton Movie Set, one of New Zealand’s most famous attractions, is just a 30-minute drive from Morrinsville. Take a guide walk through the Shire, featured in the The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

How many cow statues are in Morrinsville?

Good question.

The Mega Cow is not all that Morrinsville has to offer in the cow department. The Herd of Cows? public art installation features 42 life-size cow sculptures. Each one is designed by a different artist. The ‘Light Milk’ cow by Mark Davidson is covered in power points and electrical charges; ‘Picowsso’ by Anexa Animal Health is, yep, surreal; and ‘Lydia Kow’ is sponsored by the Morrinsville Golf Club. Of course it is.

As for the real thing, apparently there are more cows found within a 10-kilometre radius of Morrinsville than anywhere else on earth.

Why is Morrinsville called Morrinsville?

The region is originally the home of Ngati Werewere. The Waikato town of Morrinsville is named for Thomas  Morrin, a settler who purchased about 30,000 acres from Wiremu Tamihana for an estate called Lockerbie. Present day Morrinsville started as the village that became the service centre for the estate.

Which island is Morrinsville, New Zealand on?

Morrinsville is in the Waikato region on the North Island of New Zealand.

How do you get to Morrinsville?

You can get to the town of Morrinsville from Auckland by heading south by bus, train, or car, and to nearby Hamilton by plane. It’s probably cheapest to drive – the trip is about 137 kilometres.

But for a more fun transport option, take the train to Hamilton, then the bus.

There is also an airport in Hamilton.

Once upon a time,  Morrinsville was the where the junction of the railways from Hamilton, Paeroa, and Rotorua. It was on the the Auckland–Thames and Auckland–Rotorua lines.

Morrinsville was on the East Coast Main Trunk Railway that ran the Geyserland Express, betwwen Auckland and Rotorua, and the Kaimai Express, between Auckland and Tauranga. Both ran until October 2001. We would love to see them come back.

Is Morrinsville near Te Aroha?

Morrisville just 22 kilometres, or a 20-minute drive, from the spa town of Te Aroha. It’s great place for a soak after a long day’s walking, looking for all those cows.

 

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