Te Poi

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Te Poi is a small village in rural Waikato, New Zealand, nestled at the base of the scenic Kaimai Ranges established in 1912. Te Poi is part of a thriving farming area, particularly for dairying, thoroughbred horse breeding and cropping.

Te Poi was the site of the Sunny Park-Hinuera Cooperative Dairy Company known for its casein production. In 1983 Sunny Park buildings were auctioned off after the merger with the Waikato Dairy Company. Te Poi village has weathered the loss of the factory well, due to its central location. The village is serviced by a garage, a cafe, a pub/restaurant and many other small businesses nestled within Te Poi.

The village has a primary school. Older children go to Matamata by bus (10 minutes) for secondary schooling. Te Poi remembers some of its past sons with its World War I memorial hall built in 1922, then the World War II memorial hall added on later. Te Poi celebrated its district centenary on March 31, 2012.

Te Poi Memorial Hall 2009

Te Poi has a public tennis court.

From Te Poi, it is 40 minutes to Tauranga, 35 minutes to Rotorua, 45 minutes to Hamilton, two hours to skiing at Mount Ruapehu on the Central Plateau and two hours to Auckland. There is also good trout fishing nearby.

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Coordinates: 37°53′S 175°50′E / 37.883°S 175.833°E / -37.883; 175.833