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A view of Pirongia village, taken from the slopes of Mount Pirongia.

Pirongia is a small town in the Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island.

It is 12 kilometres to the west of Te Awamutu, on the banks of the Waipa River, close to the foot of the 962 metre Mount Pirongia, which lies in a forest park to the west of the town.

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. Some of the village's businesses and organisations such as the Alexandra Hotel and the Alexandra Racing Club echo the earlier name.

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 has a rural fire force located in the village to protect native bush in the area. The rural fire force has a specialised off-road appliance designed for tough off-road terrain.

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

Coordinates: 38°00′S 175°12′E / 38°S 175.2°E / -38; 175.2


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

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Pirongia is a little village about 30 minutes drive south of Hamilton, in southern Waikato, on the North Island of New Zealand. It is located at the base of Mount Pirongia.

Get in

Pirongia is about 30 kilometres south of Hamilton and 12 km west of Te Awamutu, off State Highway 3 as it runs south from Hamilton to Otorohanga. For a more direct trip, get off the highways and take the country roads through Temple View and see the Mormon Temple in this area.

  • Mormon Temple at Ngahinapouri.
  • Pirongia Forest Park

Buy

There is a pub in Pirongia that servers food and a couple of cafe's that if I recall are alittle expensive... Stick with the pub.

Sleep

There is some great hiking on the Mt Pirongia. Look to the left (depending on how you are standing... it could be the right) and you can't miss it. There is a little info center in town that will give you hiking info and where to go etc.








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