Our region: Waikato
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Waikato is situated in New Zealand’s central North Island,south of New Zealand’s largest city Auckland.
The main city in the Waikato is Hamilton
which is less than 2 hours by car from Auckland.
The region has great beaches on both coastlines, and skifields to the south.
name for the region is taken from the Waikato River; Waikato is a Māori
word traditionally translated as "flowing water
": specifically, wai =
" and kato = "the pull of the river current in the sea"
The Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand.
is home to more than 400,000 people. Maori culture and history are an
important part of the region’s identity - just over 20% of the people
here identify as Maori.
As well as Hamilton city, there are many smaller towns and rural servicing centres
The climate is pleasant and temperate, with regional differences that reflect coastal/inland, northern/southern locations.
and particularly the dairy industry are main sources of revenue for the
region. Fonterra, the global company responsible for about 30% of the
world’s dairy exports, is based in the Waikato.
Waikato region offers a wide range of outdoor recreation and leisure
opportunities - from fishing, canoeing, rowing, surfing, kite sailing,
cycling, horse racing and walking tracks, to café trips, festivals, and
There are great swimming beaches on both
coastlines of the region, and ski-fields 3 hours south of Hamilton city.
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