Welcome to the Aroha Cruise In website

The Aroha Cruise In is a celebration of classic cars, bike and hot rods.  Organised by the Te Aroha Business Association , this is one of the Premiere car and bike events in New Zealand, held in the historic Spa Town of  Te Aroha in the Waikato.   A gold coin donation for public entry, with a minimal fee to register and display your vehicle. This is a non-profit event and money taken goes towards the costs of putting this event on and also to make donations to local groups and services in town.  This is an event you can’t afford to miss!  Nestled under majestic Te Aroha mountain, the Aroha Cruise In is full of things to see and do and will keep you entertained over the weekend.

Te Aroha Business Association look forward to our next Aroha Cruise In which will be October 6th in 2018.

Show and shine day is Saturday, October 6th starting at 9am.   Judging by the last couple of Aroha Cruise Ins, the event just keeps growing so mark it in your diaries!

2018 is the 11th Aroha Cruise In!!

Congratulations to all the winners from our 2017 Aroha Cruise In:

Best Custom – Silver Chevrolet Impala “KUEPID”
Best Classic – Green 956 Studebaker Sky Hawk “HIS 56”
Best Hot Rod – Green 33 Ford “GCF34”
Best Pick Up – 47 Chevrolet Red Pick up – “TOMATA”
Best Car and Caravan – 1959 Chevrolet Impalan “59V8” and 1976 Lilliput Gazelle
Best Engine – Black 57 Chevrolet “ZCHEV”
Best work in Progress – Silver / Black 47 Chevrolet Truck
Best Bike in Show – Ian Metz, Tauranaga
Best Car Club – Oceanside Streetrods, Mount Manganui
Judges Choice – 55 Torana Hatch “TUF350”
Peoples Choice – Car and Caravan – 1928 Anglia Showman Caravan “6P728” and 1956 Chevrolet 1300 Stepside “US1CON”
People Choice Voter winner – Danelle Chapman, Thames
Best Shop Display – Te Aroha Veterinary Services

Check out the 2014 TV Central advert for Aroha Cruise In:

Haven’t been to Te Aroha and want to know what our town has to offer?  Check out this 4  minute advert for more information:

Do you own a Classic beauty or an amazing hot rod? Enter the 2018 Cruise In to be in to win!

Register today to be part of this awesome event in 2018.  Prize categories include: Best Classic, Best Custom, Best Engine, Best Hot Rod, Best Pick Up, Best Work in Progress, Best Bike in Show, Best Car and Caravan Combo, Best Car Club, People’s Choice, Best Shop Display. You can also just turn up on the day and pay on entry.  We also welcome vintage cars or anything that you feel would be of interest to our visitors.



Best Shop display

Will you have the Best Shop display at this year’s Cruise In?  Te Aroha Veterinary Services won the award for 2017.  They display the very special trophy, sculpted and created by our own local artist, Adrian Worsley of Historic Creations at their business.  Make sure you dress up your shop window in the the 2 weeks prior to the event to be in to win this year – make sure you let us know you are entering!

Best Shop display trophy

The awesome trophy for Best Shop Display 

2017 Winner – Te Aroha Veterinary Services

2016 Winner – Diprose Miller

2015 Winner – Te Aroha Veterinary Services

2014 Winner: Diprose Miller – Highly Commended – Deli Thyme

2013 Winners: NZ Post and United Video

2018 Peoples Choice Award voters prize

The 2018 Peoples Choice award, is the prize that the public vote for.  The winning entry receives a trophy and one lucky voter won this awesome prize.  The prize is a pamper package right here in Te Aroha!


Apart from the great vehicles that will be lined up for you to see, we will have live music, rock and roll dancers and stalls among other things to keep you entertained.

 On display

Among the great entries of classic and vintage cars, bikes and hot-rods – there will be some other great vehicles on display including vintage fire trucks and maybe even some tractors!

For the Kids……..

The kids will be well entertained at the Cruise In.  Keep checking this page to see what we have to keep the kids occupied so that Mum and Dad can enjoy the show a little longer!



Our wonderful local “Wicked” Face painter Dallas will be at the Aroha Cruise In so make sure you pay her a visit and get your face painted!  Kids – take your parents too!   You can check out some of Dallas’s art on her Facebook page.


There are some great options for accommodation available in Te Aroha.  There are motels, hotels, backpackers, camping grounds, bed and breakfast, homestays – in fact, there is something for everyone. View the range of accommodation available here.  I know that some of our providers are already full up so if you are thinking of staying, you need to book now so you don’t miss out!

Also we have safe, secure parking for Campervans / mobile homes available.  Details for this are all on the Accommodation page.

Check out this link to view the episode of the Aroha Cruise In 2014.


And check out another episode from 2015;


Stay informed

This website is where you can get information about the weekend, register your vehicle, book to be part of the Poker Run, buy your T-shirts, caps, beanies, etc and even get information about accommodation for the weekend.   If you would  like to be updated on news as it happens you can do this by contacting us.