Morrinsville is a friendly rural town located between the Kaimai Ranges and the Waikato River.
It’s a prime location for a stop over and the friendly atmosphere of the small town will not disappoint. There are many unique shops and some excellent cafes and bars to visit. Morrinsville has many walks and parks for you to discover. It is the biggest town in the Matamata-Piako District with a population over 6500. The town has a strong dairy industry and this, combined with the fertile land has earned it the title of ‘Cream of the Country’.
Morrinsville village first served as a service centre for Thomas Morrin’s Lockerbie Estate after the land was purchased in 1873. Workers houses were built along with a blacksmith, the Jolly Cripple Hotel and general store. In 1882 ten streets were added to the land after it was surveyed as a town. In 1884 the town was boosted by the arrival of the railway line.
This saw the population increase from 115 in 1981 to 633 in 1886. Morrin sold off half the estate and after a long depression he lost his share to the Bank of New Zealand and later the Asset Realisation Board who later divided the estate into smaller farms. This coincided with the rise of dairy farming and by 1911 the town was once again prospering.
Morrinsville’s fertile land and strong dairy industry have earned it the title of ‘Cream of the Country’.
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