Waikato towns and districts
Hamilton is New Zealand's fourth-largest city, and is also
one of the fastest growing.
With its strong economy, highly educated and
diverse population this city is known for its well respected tertiary
educational facilities, scientific research, world class stadiums and
event venues, parks and gardens, fine cuisine and cafes and culture.
Hamilton is set to grow by 26% in the next 15 years. Developments to support
this include the city's transport strategy; events centre and theatre
redevelopment; and central city upgrade.
Hamilton International Airport offers flights to many destinations within New Zealand and some to Australia.
The Waikato River winds through the heart of Hamilton, creating delightful spaces for recreation and relaxation.
Just a few of Hamilton's regular events:
- Fieldays is New
Zealand's premier agri-business event, bringing buyer and seller
together to create an agricultural hyper-market. It's hosted every year
at the Mystery Creek Events Centre just outside Hamilton.
- Balloons over Waikato is New Zealand's premier hot
air balloon festival. Held annually, in Hamilton, this five-day event it
is arguably the most popular event in the city.
- Super 15 Rugby Competition includes regional teams
from Australia, South Africa and New Zealand competing from late
February to early August. Waikato Stadium is the home ground for the
Chiefs team representing the Waikato/Bay of Plenty region.
- Kudos Awards - Hamilton Science Excellence Awards
were launched in June 2007 and are now an annual celebration of local
scientific innovations impacting the Waikato region, New Zealand and the
Cambridge/Te Awamutu (Waipa District)
Cambridge is a picturesque town well known for its historical
church, antique shops, art galleries, fashion boutiques and a blossoming
centre of the world-respected Waikato equine industry. The Equine Stars
Walk of Fame, featuring mosaics of famous Waikato-bred horses paves part
of the town centre.
provides regular harness (pacing and trotting) racing with pleasant
restaurant, bar and betting facilities, and a great family picnic
atmosphere on summer evenings and day meetings. Large thoroughbred
(galloping) studs, including the famous Cambridge Stud, can be found on
the outskirts of Cambridge.
a mountain sanctuary for native wildlife only 15 minutes drive from
Cambridge and now a beautiful home for reintroduced kiwi and their
newborn plus other native birds.
Lake Karapiro 6km south of Cambridge hosted the World Rowing
Championships in 2010. It is a world-class facility for rowing and other
boating activities, and training home to many of the successful Olympic
and World Champion New Zealand teams.
the council seat of the Waipa District and serves as a service town for
the farming communities which surround it. It has a population of 15,300
and is 29km south of Hamilton.
The town is often referred to as "The Rosetown of New Zealand", because
of its elaborate rose gardens in the centre of the town. Many local
businesses use "Rosetown" in their name, and the symbol of the rose is
widely used on local signs and billboards.
Tokoroa/Putaruru/Tirau (South Waikato District)
Tokoroa, population 13,450, is the hub of New Zealand's forestry,
timber and pulp and paper industries. Located between Taupo and
Hamilton, it lies at the crossroads between productive dairy farmlands
and forestry plantations.
It’s within easy reach of some of the most scenic stretches along the mighty Waikato River. The lakes and rivers offer excellent trout fishing, boating, water skiing and yachting.
Visitors can follow the ‘talking poles’ trail (photo left)
through the town centre to learn about Tokoroa’s history and people.
Pastimes in this area include hunting deer, possums, rabbits, pigs,
goats and other introduced species. The many gravel and dirt forest
roads around Tokoroa attract motor rally and mountain biking events.
nearby Blue Spring is the current source of about 60 per cent of New
Zealand's bottled water and its economy is based on farming, forestry
and timber production.
main street is a very popular shopping area for antiques, novelties and
curiosities, and is a great place to spend a leisurely Saturday.
area around Tirau has a variety of outdoor adventure activities that
would challenge the best - canoeing, white water rafting, four-wheel
drives, jet-boating and bush walks, all nestled in the magnificent
scenery of the Kaimai and Mamaku ranges.
(Photo right - Tirau's Visitor
Centre - a corrugated iron sheep dog).
Te Kuiti/Otorohanga (Waitomo District)
Known as the sheep shearing capital of New Zealand, Te Kuiti is a
tranquil town, surrounded by some of the most serene and unspoiled
There are excellent educational facilities within the area including
three secondary schools, 22 primary schools, childcare & early
education centres and three tertiary education institutes.
The town is supported through various community services and local government offices.
The stunning limestone Waitomo Caves
(photo left) are located nearby.
is home to the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird
Park. As well as three types of Kiwi (Northern Brown Kiwi, Great Spotted
Kiwi and Little Spotted Kiwi) there are morepork (native owls), falcon,
weka, tui, keruru (native pigeon), kaka and kea.
Otorohonga is the "Kiwiana Capital
of New Zealand, and proudly displays "Kiwi icons" such as pavlovas,
gumboots and buzzy bee toys in murals and poster boards through the
The Thames population is serviced by a wide range of local businesses that boast a good trade and service sector as well as a full range of educational facilities from pre-school/childcare facilities through to tertiary and continuing education programmes.
In addition, there’s a lot to do! Whether you enjoy shopping, history, movies, participating in sporting activities, experiencing beautiful forests and coastlines, fishing and other water sports, or camping and hiking.
The township of Thames
is often referred to as the gateway to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula
The Hauraki Gulf lies between the eastern side of north Auckland and the western sides of the Coromandel Peninsula and Great Barrier Island.
The sheltered waters of the gulf make it a fisherman's paradise. The even more sheltered waters of the inner part of the gulf are surrounded by beautiful bays and beaches which make the area popular for all water sports.
Taumarunui (population just over 5000) is the administrative centre for the Ruapehu District (population 13,569).
It is in the heart of the North Island of New Zealand in a region the Maori call Rohe Potae (King Country
Taumarunui is nestled into a sheltered scenic valley where two rivers meet. Taumarunui is a centre for outdoor recreation pursuits such as canoeing,
kayaking, white water rafting, tramping, hunting and fishing and is
within easy driving distance from metropolitan cities such as Auckland,
Hamilton or Wellington and tourist spots like Taupo, Rotorua and
Less than 40 minutes south by road is the world-renowned Tongariro National Park
Here in Tongariro National Park there are two of the country's largest ski fields - Whakapapa and Turoa
, on the majestic Mount Ruapehu, and some of the world's greatest alpine walks.