Pokeno NZ - Waikato, close proximity to Auckland, new residential development, great soilPokeno

Pokeno is a growing rural town in the north Waikato, just south of the Bombay Hills and only a short drive from New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. Located just 53km south of central Auckland and just 72km north of Hamilton, the town is experiencing major growth. The Yashili New Zealand Dairy Co factory opened in Pokeno in November 2015 and with many new houses in development, it is fast becoming a hub for new industry. Pokeno is open for development.

Pokeno Fact Sheet (399KB)

Port Waikato - rural community south west of AucklandPort Waikato

Port Waikato is a seaside town 28km west of Tuakau and 88km south of Auckland. It lies on the southern side of the Waikato River where the river meets the Tasman Sea and is a popular holiday destination. Port Waikato is well known for its surfing and whitebaiting and provides a stunning backdrop for the many weddings that take place here. Port Waikato is open for adventure.

Port Waikato Fact Sheet (1.6MB)

Raglan - surfing paradise, quirky tourist centre of waikato district. World-class left hand break, paddleboarding, rock climbing and moreRAGLAN

With a passion for sustainable, environmentally-friendly living, Raglan has a unique identity, unseen elsewhere in New Zealand. Raglan is a stunning township on Waikato’s west coast with three surf beaches on its doorstep and an outstanding natural harbour. Bridal Veil Falls is a short drive from the town centre and its black sand beaches boast some of the best surfing in New Zealand. The popular destination swells in size in the summer months due to the expansive list of activities available in the town and surrounding area. If you are visiting, suggest you book early to avoid missing out! Raglan is ready with open arms.

Raglan Fact Sheet (397KB)

Tamahere - minutes from Hamilton, affluent community in Waikato districtTamahere

Tamahere lies southeast of Hamilton city. The Waikato Expressway which runs from Karapiro in the south to the Bombay Hills in the north, provides an important transport link to this thriving community. The Tamahere School is home to some of the greatest sportspeople in New Zealand and the proximity to Cambridge and Hamilton makes it a popular place for families looking to put down roots. Tamahere is open country.

Tamahere Fact Sheet (339KB)

Tuakau - rural town in North Waikato, Close proximity to AucklandTUAKAU

With a population of over 4,100 people, Tuakau residents enjoy beautiful rural vistas and a wonderful outdoor environment. The rich soils lend well to farming of all kinds and much of the north island produce originates in this area.The town offers a slower pace of life while being in close proximity to Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand. Situated a short drive from State Highway 1, Tuakau was established in the 1840s, close to the banks of the Waikato River. It is 10km south of Pukekohe and 9km west of Pokeno and is experiencing an economic boom with new developments occurring in pockets throughout the area. Tuakau is open access.


Tuakau Fact Sheet (279KB)

Horotiu - industrial park on outskirts of Hamilton, close to Te Rapa GatewayHOROTIU

Located on the outskirts of Hamilton City, Horotiu is home to Northgate, a 109ha business park, ripe with emerging developments. The business park is equidistance from Auckland and Tauranga ports and its exceptional access to major road and rail links has been a major drawcard for Ports of Auckland, who purchased 33ha of land in Northgate for a Waikato-based freight hub. Horotiu will become home to the Te Awa River Ride cycle bridge, due to open in February 2017 and which will provide another exciting transport option for visitors to the north of Hamilton. Horotiu is open for business.

Horotiu Fact Sheet (368KB)

Huntly - historic coal and energy producing town, service town for rural communitiesHUNTLY

Huntly's iconic landmark, the Huntly Power Station, sits alongside the mighty Waikato River. Perfectly positioned for commuters at just 93km south of Auckland and 32km north of Hamilton, Huntly is home to the only Commercial Diving Training School in New Zealand reaching offshore levels and one of New Zealand's largest Half Marathon events. Huntly is full of open opportunities.

Huntly Fact Sheet (389KB)

Ngaruawahia - minutes north of Hamilton and the home of Maori king. Cultural capital of NZNGARUAWAHIA

Ngāruawāhia is situated north of Hamilton, only a short drive on the Waikato Expressway, at the base of the stunning Hakarimata Ranges. It is where the Waikato and Waipa Rivers meet and was a vital transport and trade route for Māori and European settlers. Ngāruawāhia is also the headquarters of the Māori King movement (Te Kīngitanga) and the official residence of the Māori King, Tuheitia Paki. The Hakarimata Summit walk will test your fitness levels and is a very popular track in summer evenings and weekends. Ngaruawahia is open history waiting to be discovered.

Ngaruawahia Fact Sheet (400KB)

Employment Opportunities

The Waikato district is home to large international and small local businesses serving domestic and international markets. There are many opportunities to live and work in the Waikato district as well as access to large job markets in Auckland and Hamilton.

Waikato walks

Welcome to New Zealand’s walking heartland, drawing visitors from around the world keen to soak up the district’s breathtaking scenery, clean air, unique landscapes and clear night skies. New Zealand’s national walkway, Te Araroa (Long Pathway) passes through the Waikato region and the stunning Hakarimata Range (also part of Te Araroa) offers visitors outstanding access to a fine stand of kauri trees. The district offers a wide range of tracks to suit all ages.

Natural resources

Waikato is rich in natural resources including water, soils, minerals and forestry. Their ease of availability anchor the district’s major industries including agriculture, energy generation and manufacturing. The district takes the management of these resources seriously. At both a district and regional level, councils are active in ensuring the resources are used in an environmentally sustainable way and with respect for cultural traditions and quality of life enjoyed by residents.


Infrastructure is essential for the economic, social, cultural, spiritual, and environmental health and wellbeing of our community. Infrastructure should be developed and operated in a manner that is sustainable, taking into account economic, social, cultural, spiritual, and environmental matters.


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