Aroha Cruise In was started in 2007 by two local men who were car enthusiasts, musicians and proud Te Aroha people.  Their mission was to put on an event that showcased not only the classic cars, bikes and hot-rods on display but also the town.  Volunteers formed a committee made up of local business people and Te Aroha identities and the Aroha Cruise In was formed.

After 5 years, the committee of volunteers found the event getting bigger than they were able to give time to, so the 5th event may have been the last.  The Te Aroha Business Association did not want to lose the event and took over the running of it.

2017 saw the 10th Anniversary of the  Aroha Cruise In which, was a very successful day with around 450 entries, in ideal weather conditions and around 3,500 + people come to Te Aroha to enjoy our event.

Te Aroha Business Association looks forward to the 11th Aroha Cruise In which will be Saturday October 6th 2018

Here is the advert from a past Cruise In to give you an idea of what goes on at the event:


2017 Childrens Artwork Competition Winners

Congratulations to all our winners from our 2018 competition …

Winners receive vouchers to spend at Home Plus Store, Te Aroha – owner Kim kindly donated $50 of these for the competition.

5 – 7 year olds

1st Place – Blayne Lawton – Elstow-Waihou School

2nd Place – Jasmine Rongo-Liddle – Te Aroha Primary School

Judges Special Prize – Hayes Shaxon – Elstow-Waihou School

8 – 10 years olds

1st Place – Taurean Matafeo – Te Aroha Primary School

2nd Place – Sarah Nguyen – Te Aroha Primary School

Judges special Prize – Ben – Elstow Waihou School

11 and 12 years olds

1st place – Ashley Wilson, Trinity Warren and Emily Strange – St Josephs School

2nd place – Lucy – Elstow-Waihou

Judges Special Prize – Oliver Boulten-Rogers, St Josephs School


Congratulations to all our wonderful winners – you get vouchers kindly donated by Home Plus Te Aroha!!

We have some fantastic budding artists in our town… we look forward to seeing the entries for our 2018 competition!