Colson's Hill Lookout

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Lion Drive, Tokoroa, New Zealand
Colson's Hill Lookout - Looking up at Colson's Hill at dusk.
Colson's Hill Lookout - Tokoroa's lights from Colson's Hill.  Kinleith Pulp & Paper Mill in the distance.
Colson's Hill Lookout - Water tower murals
Colson's Hill Lookout - Mural depicting the Tokoroa Hotel (now gone) and Kinleith Mill in the distance
Colson's Hill Lookout - Tokoroa at the center of many Nth Is cities

Colson's Hill Lookout Tokoroa Reviews

goezi goezi
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Looking out over Tokoroa Aug 03, 1967
If you have time to stop in Tokoroa you should first stop atop Colson's Hill where the local service clubs have created a nice lookout with informative signs and ample parking.

You will see laid before you the lovely green township of Tokoroa which stretches off to the West.

On a clear day you can see several mountains on the horizon including Mt Ruapehu (snow-capped in winter) and Mt Titiraupenga (which is tantalizingly shaped like a woman's titty which helps you remember it's Maori name).

Behind you on the hill are two water towers serving crystal clear spring water to the town. The towers are painted with large murals.

The lookout always seems to be busy but the local council have recently taken to locking a gate at the bottom of the hill at night. They say it's due to unwanted vandalism but I suspect it's to thwart the local youths getting "too busy" in the back of their cars when overcome by the romance of the Tokoroa lights.

Take care going back down the hill, it's steeper than you recall heading up and the tree at the bottom bares the tell-tale signs of too many unwary motorists.
Looking up at Colson's Hill at dus…
Tokoroa's lights from Colson's Hil…
Water tower murals
Mural depicting the Tokoroa Hotel …
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