Our Lifestyle

Our Lifestyle

Waikato district is, quite simply, an outstanding place to live. Our natural features, location, rich cultural heritage, excellent schooling and huge lifestyle advantages are a...

Population

Population

Nearly 40 per cent of New Zealand’s total population lives within a 150km radius of the Waikato district. The Waikato Expressway connects the population of Auckland (1.57...

Waikato towns

Waikato towns

Waikato district offers a welcoming community to suit everyone and every family. Whether it’s a sleepy rural haven, a laid-back beach resort, or towns rich in history and...

Our Place in NZ

Our Place in NZ

Waikato district sits within the greater Waikato region located in the upper central area of the North Island of New Zealand. The Waikato is in the heart of the ‘golden...

Leadership and governance

Leadership and governance

Every three years, a mayor and 13 committed councillors are democratically elected to represent the people of the Waikato District. Those Waikato District councillors live, work...

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Waikato district offers all the modern infrastructure expected of a highly-developed district with a strong focus on economic development. Our aim is to build and plan for...

Health and Social Services

Health and Social Services

In New Zealand health services are available through both the publicly funded health system and private health care providers. Private medical insurance cover is readily...

Want to move to New Zealand?

Want to move to New Zealand?

You've visited the Waikato district and now you want to stay? Visit the New Zealand Immigation website to help extend your visit, study in New Zealand, work in New Zealand, live...

Employment Opportunities

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...

Design and Build in the Waikato district

Design and Build in the Waikato district

New dwellings are on the rise in the Waikato. Lack of homes may be a problem in Auckland but Waikato district is experiencing massive housing growth with 797 new dwellings...

Contact

Contact

Waikato boasts strong and vibrant communities, great schools and huge lifestyle advantages. Contact Open Waikato for more.

Motorsport

Motorsport attracts thousands of people every year to the Waikato district, keen to soak up easily accessed international motorsport in an outstanding atmosphere. Facilities include the international race circuit at Hampton Downs, the speedway circuit at Huntly and dragway racing at Meremere. From hot laps to hot rods, from superbikes to stockcars and dragsters, the Waikato offers something for all motorsport fans.


Surfing, Fishing & Water Sports

Waikato’s west coast beaches and harbours, its range of lakes plus the beautiful Waikato River provide opportunities for water sports and recreation including deep sea fishing, trout fishing, surfing, swimming, scuba diving, sport life-saving, jet and water-skiing, rowing, canoeing, Waka Ama, hang gliding, paragliding and kite surfing.


Climate

Given its agricultural strengths, it’s not surprising that the Waikato enjoys a wonderful temperate climate. Temperatures generally range between 21 and 26°C in summer and 5 and 14°C in winter. In 2017 the average temperature was 13.2°C (0.5°C above the 1981-2010 annual average). The mean annual rainfall ranges between 1000 and 1250mm and annual sunshine hours range between 2000 and 2200 hours.


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