Pirongia Tourism

Pirongia is a small town in the Waipa District of the Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island. It is 12 kilometres to the west of Te Awamutu, on the banks of the Waipa River, close to the foot of the 962 metre Mount Pirongia, which lies in Pirongia Forest Park to the west of the town. Pirongia was originally named Alexandra, after the English Princess of Wales, but to avoid confusion with the town of that name in the South Island the name was changed to Pirongia. Some of the village's businesses and organisations such as the Alexandra Hotel and the Alexandra Racing Club retain the earlier name. Alexandra Racing Club, established in 1866, is reputed to be the second oldest racing club in New Zealand. At the northern end of the town, between the Waipa River and the Mangapiko Stream, is the site of Matakitaki pā. This was the location of a Māori battle in May 1822 between invading musket-armed Ngāpuhi led by Hongi Hika and defending Waikato led by Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, during the musket wars. Pirongia was sited where it is because of its proximity to the Aukati (the confiscation line along the Puniu River) and because in those days this was as far up the Waipa River that river steamers, supplying the new frontier settlements, could safely travel. As a result, Pirongia (Alexandra) was planned to be the hub servicing several redoubt settlements in the area. A large settlement was envisaged and 800 town sections were surveyed. Initially, there were two military redoubts here on the east and west sides of the river. Later a third Armed Constabulary Redoubt was constructed to replace the other two. Located on Bellot Street, it is well preserved and is protected by the Historic Places Trust. Pirongia remained of strategic importance until 1881 when King Tāwhiao and his followers symbolically laid down their arms near the intersection of Crozier and Franklin Streets and declared peace, signaling an end to the armed conflict. Initially, the settlement prospered. In its heyday of the mid-1870s, there were two hotels, a variety of shops, a bank, a blacksmith, a lending library, a school and later a creamery, mainly on Crozier and Franklin Streets. However, the decision to route the main trunk railway via Te Awamutu, and the resulting gradual decline in the importance of river transport, together with the dispersal from the King Country of King Tāwhiao and his followers, meant that by the 1890s, Pirongia (Alexandra) was being superseded by Te Awamutu and other settlements on the railway line. Many businesses moved to Te Awamutu or closed and the settlement gradually assumed the character of a small farming centre. The village has experienced rapid population growth since the 1980s as city-dwellers seeking a rural lifestyle have migrated to Pirongia. This has changed the town's character from rural to suburban in a short period of time. Pirongia has a rural fire force located in the village to protect native bush in the area. The rural fire force has a specialised off-road appliance designed for tough off-road terrain. Pirongia Rugby Club has strong teams in the Waikato competition. Notable players to play for the club include Ben Smith, Victor Matfield and Jacob Newton. Pirongia is also home to the famous Pirongia Clydesdale horses regularly seen at public events throughout the countryside.


Planning a vacation to Pirongia in New Zealand? This vacation planner will provide you with all the essential information you need. A gripping city on its own right, Raglan also deserves a visit. So, ideally any vacation planner would recommend you to visit Raglan for its bountiful attractions like Waiheke Island, Sky Tower, Devonport on your trip to Pirongia. If you want to fly to the destination, you can choose the nearest major airport to take a flight. The nearest major airport is Raglan Airfield. To explore Pirongia, set aside 1 to 2 number of your days. You'll be coming back for more!

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  • Know the pollution level of Pirongia before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 6.25 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 17.5 (Very Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 22.73 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 17.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 15 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 10.71 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 10 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Pirongia for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Pirongia.

    • Burglary and Theft 53.26 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 41.3 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 43.48 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 26.09 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 35.87 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 35.87 (Low)
    • Attacks 42.86 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 65.22 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 71.74 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 40.22 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 48.91 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 27.17 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 65.22 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Pirongia is 200.63 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 54.16 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 99.03 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 14.86 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 17.43 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 71.18 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 73.89 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 3.97 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 101.72 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Pirongia

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.25 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.89 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 85.28 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 61.46 USD

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