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Pirongia

Attractive Pirongia village, just 10 minutes from Te Awamutu, is a gateway to Mount Pirongia Forest Park and a mecca for tramping, mountain biking and hunting. 

The family-focused village was once at the centre of the New Zealand Land Wars and the surrounding countryside includes a number of important garrison sites. 

Population
1,410
Median household income
$92,626
(National median $78,000)
Median Age
40.4
(National median 38)
Location
Growth

Pirongia is well placed to provide for the ongoing sustainable growth of the community around a vibrant local centre and strong physical and visual connections to Mount Pirongia.

Pirongia is facing steady growth. By 2050, Pirongia will be home to approximately 2000 people, an increase in population by around 800. 

Character

Pirongia Village, with its wide tree lined streets and dramatic mountain backdrop sits astride SH39, a popular route for travellers. The village is just 30kms south-west of Hamilton, 11kms west of Te-Awamutu and on the main route south to Waitomo Caves. 

As more and more people are stopping it's developing as a destination which boasts an array of craftspeople and artisans, a Historic Visitor Centre and also a range of other attractions including a mountain bike park, horse-drawn carriage rides, a golf course, the  Annual Craft Day, and the oldest existing horse racing club in New Zealand.

The community of Pirongia is surprisingly diverse. The Maori community has ancestral lines stretching back to the dawn of human settlement while some residents are from families whose forebears were the earliest settlers in the village.

There are plenty of farmers and people involved with farming support services, and there is a vibrant arts scene with artists and musicians.

Lifestyle

Home to the 959m high Mount Pirongia and a 17,000 hectare Pirongia Forest Park, this town is an outdoor recreation dream. 

The mountain offers all sorts of walking tracks where locals and visitors make the most of the majestic forest, birdsong and mountrain streams. Pirongia Forest is the largest tract of unbroken native bush in the Waikato.

The town offers a relaxed, healthy and outdoorsy lifestyle and is extremely popular for those working in the city but wanting the country lifestyle.