Te Kuiti

Shearing Capital

This quaint town bills itself as ‘the Shearing Capital of the World,’ and is best known for its annual sheep shearing events, Great NZ Muster and Running of the Sheep.

The rural town of Te Kuiti is situated in the heartland of the King Country, in the Waikato region of New Zealand’s North Island. Te Kuiti is approximately 80 km south of Hamilton and 19 km south-east of Waitomo.

As the shearing capital of the world, Te Kuiti boast a rich sheep shearing and mining history. It hosts the New Zealand National Shearing Championships every year. Adorning the town’s main street is the 7metre-high statue of a shearer which pays homage to its shearing history. Te Kuiti has produced many top shearers, such as five-time world champion David Fagan, who won 16 national titles and set 10 world records.

Featuring along Te Kuiti’s main street is the giant bronze statue of All Black legend, Sir Colin Mead, and a sculpture of a giant Weta. Visit attractions such as: The Tatsuno Japanese Garden, Mangaokewa Scenic Reserve and Tokanganui-a-Noho Maori meeting house open by arrangement. The town also has restaurants, quirky cafes and funky retail outlets.

Te Kuiti is an ideal base for exploring the world-renowned Waitomo Caves area, with its black water rafting, glowworms and other attractions. For adventurers, plan walking or cycling The Timber Trail which spans the Pureora Forest Park between Pureora and Ongarue.

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Te Kuiti
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