is a rural town in the Waikato
region of New Zealand
with a population of 3,768 (2006 census). It is 53 km northeast of Hamilton
and 50 km south of Thames
. It sits at the foot of 952-metre Mount Te Aroha, the highest point in the Kaimai Range
The name Te Aroha
comes from the Māori
name of Mount Te Aroha. In one version, Rāhiri, the mythical ancestor of Ngāti Rāhiri Tumutumu
, climbed the mountain and saw his homeland in the distance and felt a sense of love (aroha
) for it. The name is often rendered in English as "place of love".
The Waihou River
runs through Te Aroha. Close by to the east is the base of the Kaimai Range
, and the town is overlooked by the 952-metre Mount Te Aroha. To the north of the town is the low-lying, swampy land of the Hauraki Plains
.In the late 19th century, Te Aroha was famed as a spa town. Thermal
and mineral springs
are both found close to the centre of the town, as is the world's only hot soda water geyser
called the Mokena Hou Geyser.
Te Aroha is at the centre of a dairy farming
community and much of its economic activity is in serving that community. Tourism is increasing in Te Aroha. The mineral baths are a very popular spot for tourists and locals alike.
Historically mining played a role in the area, and has left some legacies – not all of them positive, such as toxic residues leaking from the abandoned Tui mine
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