ko tainui te waka, ko taupiri te maunga, ko waikato te awa. he piko he taniwha, he piko he taniwha, waikato taniwharo
Welcome to Waikato, the tribal domain of Waikato-Tainui, comprised of 26 marae through our wider tribal area.
Waikato-Tainui reveres the diverse beauty of the landscape across our region. The Waikato region was renowned as a food basket with its fertile soils abundant with crops, its rivers teamed with eels and fish, its forests full with bird life and native flora.
Waikato-Tainui work within the Waikato district and the whole country to build our region as a national and international economic powerhouse, built on productivity and innovation for the benefit of all that reside and visit here.
Waikato-Tainui were chosen as guardians of the Kiingitanga due to their reputation for being hospitable and welcoming hosts. Since then, Waikato-Tainui has hosted thousands of national and international visitors, teaching them the history, and showcasing the beauty of our natural environment.
Today, the Waikato is a vibrant hub of cultural diversity and economic development. Everyone is welcome in the Waikato. This is our place, this is your place.