Moo-ve over sheep: colourful cows are the latest craze in Morrinsville.
The town, nestled between the Kaimai Ranges and the Waikato River, is surrounded by some of the best farmland in New Zealand and has a surprisingly vibrant art scene. Combine the two and you have Herd of Cows, a collection of 42 life-size painted sculptures jotted throughout the town that showcase the history and heritage of Morrinsville. 
Grab a coffee from one of the township’s many cafés, pick up a map from the i-SITE centre and see if you can find them all.
If you’re in the mood to enjoy more art, The Wallace Gallery has three large rooms brimming with inspiring and ever-changing New Zealand talent.
You could also stop to smell the roses in the gardens on Moorhouse Street or enjoy a walk along tree-lined pathways next to the Piako River at the southern edge. 
If you’re stopping by on a weekend, the Morrinsville Country Market is held on the first Saturday of the month and with fresh produce and creative crafts on offer, it’s known by locals as Waikato’s best kept secret.
Whatever you get up to, taking a break here will leave you revitalised.

Reported for our AA Directions Autumn 2018 issue

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