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.
By Train The Overlander train, which runs daily each way between Auckland and Wellington, stops in Te Kuiti. The town makes an ideal stop for those taking a train trip between New Zealand's largest cities, as one can leave the train for a day then join the next day's train to continue on to your destination.
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.
The Great New Zealand Muster 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.
Tiffany's Cafe, Located at 241 Rora Street. This cafe has a good selection, and stays open into the evenings.
Chinese and European Restaurant located on Rora Street. The name says it all - if you are looking for a Chinese take-away this is where to get it.
Te Kuiti Camping Ground, located on Hinerange Street next to "The Domain", on the edge of town (but an easy walk from the train station). Cheapest place to stay - cabins for NZ$70 or so for a family, tent campsites and caravan sites available for less. Kitchen available and clean if basic showers.