Isaac Boss: The insider’s information to South Waikato


January 30, 2021, 9:00 p.m.

The Blue Springs, Te Waihou Walkway, South Waikato. Photo / supplied

Famous for agriculture, forestry and sports, South Waikato is a special place to visit. Its central location on State Highway 1 makes it an even better place to live with beaches on the east and west coasts within an hour’s drive. All seven hydro-lakes of the Waikato River can be reached within 20 minutes by car for summer days and evening fun. When the temperature starts to drop, the mountain’s call can be answered with just a two hour drive for a great winter day trip.

The first stop is Tirau for the obligatory toilet break on Giant sheep dog and for a delicious snack and coffee in the boutique bakery The Baker – My favorites are the pull-apart breads and self-saucing sausage rolls. The one is nearby Arapuni swing bridgeThis is an excellent place for a picnic, but if you want to take a longer walk, go to The new sidewalk and on to Blue springs. These beautiful surroundings provide a great photo opportunity while the purity of the crystal clear water also provides over 60 percent of the water bottled in New Zealand. If it’s just the photo you want, enter via the entrance on Leslie Rd as the walk is much shorter.

In Tokoroa the giant Pine Man The statue and surrounding speaking poles explain the city’s cultural and economic development, while the lesser-known Colson’s Hill Lookout offers views over Tokoroa and the surrounding countryside. While in town, join a chat with local icon Larry below Morrisseys Clothing store in Leith Place, he will talk to you about all the famous people of Tokoroa and you can buy one of Morrissey’s uniquely designed t-shirt. Cyclists should then hit Cougar Park and the Waikato River Trails.

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Round off your trip by passing the largest cheese factory in the southern hemisphere in Lichfield, and then moving on to the smaller but more punchy one

Over the moon

Deli in Putaruru – home to award-winning cheeses that you simply cannot leave the district without. Try some of their new flavors and let the gumboot cheese last a long time.

If you get here later in the day, go straight to the Timber builder Cafe and Restaurant – it serves delicious meals at small town prices, but call ahead and book as it’s popular with the locals.

Isaac Boss has played NPC and Super 12 in New Zealand and rugby union for Ireland. He is the head coach of the King Country Rams.

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