Te Kuiti is a small town in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand. It is known as the "Sheep Shearing Capital of the World" and hosts the famous Great New Zealand Muster and Running of the Sheep in April each year.
You can easily walk from one end of the town to the other, though during the hot summertime you'll probably want to take a break now and then.
The train station is located in the centre of town. Exiting the station, to your left there is an Information Centre and public lavatories. Rora Street, which runs parallel to the station, has places to eat and shop.
The Information Centre can give you a map of town which points out different things to see as you walk around the town.
- Great New Zealand Muster. This is a famous New Zealand event in which sheep from the surrounding area run into Te Kuiti. Sheep-shearing competitions and general fun are to be had.
- 1 Railway Villa Heritage Centre, 239 Rora Street. Daily 11AM-3PM. See the restoration of a 1920s railway villa. Free.
- 2 Te Kuiti railway station. A fine wooden station on the North Island Main Trunk. The Northern Explorer passes through 6 time a week, but rarely stops, which give you plenty of time to look at "the finest remaining example of a standard class B station".
- 1 Te Kuiti Camping Ground, Hinerangi St (next to "The Domain", on the edge of town). Cheapest place to stay - cabins for $70 or so for a family, tent campsites and caravan sites available for less. Kitchen and clean if basic showers. An easy walk from the train station.