Paeroa is at the centre of the trail, which is a grade 1 trail (easy and flat). The motel is a popular base for cyclist who can cycle each leg of the trail over three days. The Sherpa Bus operates for those people who would prefer to come back to Paeroa in comfort. Andrew has cycled the whole trail and can offer advice about suggested routes and times to those less experienced cyclists.
This is a major attraction for visitors to Paeroa, with a wide range of walks of various lengths and difficulty. Fly fishing is available and the old mining remains show what the area was like at the turn of the 20th century.
A perfect photo opportunity for your visit- drive towards town and turn left- you will see it on the left of the bridge.
"Paeroa is 'world famous in New Zealand' for the fizzy drink Lemon and Paeroa (L&P) which was originally developed in Paeroa by combining lemon juice with carbonated mineral water from the Paeroa Springs."
If you are exploring the mine sites is the Karangahake Gorge, this is a good place to visit beforehand. Has some great photos and other artefacts from the gold mining days. Open 12:00 noon to 3:00pm weekdays.
Displays local artists' work- most of the exhibits are for sale. Hours from: 10:00am-3:30pm Wed-Sat.
Just north of Paeroa, the museum has a collection of artefacts, displays and vessels from the days when Paeroa depended on the river for transport. It is also possible to arrange for a trip in one of the old river boats. Ring 07 862 7121 for hours.
Paeroa prides itself on being the Antiques Town of New Zealand. There are a number of stores which are open daily, mostly from 10am.
Both the Ohinemuri Club and the RSA offer quiet pleasant surroundings to enjoy a drink and the company of locals. If you are not a member of a club, they will be happy to sign you in. Check restaurant page for times. Ohinemuri Club has a TAB and poker machines.
The Paeroa Hotel is an historic building at the north end of town. One3One is a newly opened cafe bar. Both have a TAB and poker machines. For more information go to the Positive Paeroa Website at paeroa.org.nz.