If the town of Paeroa sounds familiar, then you might be thinking of New Zealand’s homegrown soft drink ‘LP’ (Lemon & Paeroa.) It’s hard to miss the town’s monument to its greatest export, a giant bottle standing seven meters high of the stuff sits on the eastern end of the main streets.
Paeroa is also a bit of a hipsters paradise, as dotted throughout the town are artisan shops packed full with collectables making it the antiques capital of New Zealand. This historic theme is continued with the Paeroa Historical Maritime Park where you can see restored vessels and fascinating displays. You can also learn about local maritime history and stories about Captain Cook, The Northern Steamship as well as Naval Displays.
Another must do in the area is the Hauraki Rail Trail. This 160km bike trail is accessible from Paeroa and showcases some of the very best scenery New Zealand has to offer. Highlights include Karangahake Gorge – one of the 14 wonders of New Zealand, historic gold mining towns and luxurious mineral spas. This trail is the perfect adventure for those looking for a relaxing yet fun getaway.
As you complete the trail, a certain highlight will be Karangahake Gorge. With a plethora of walks and tunnels you can discover the multi-layered history that exists here. It is truly one of most beautiful stretches of river in the country, its history is fascinating too as one of the busiest and most lucrative goldstrikes in the country took place here.