Welcome to the best of all worlds!
The Waikato district sits within the greater Waikato region located in the upper central area of the North Island of New Zealand. In close proximity to Auckland, the northern Waikato towns of Port Waikato, Tuakau, Pokeno and Mercer make commuting easy.
Around 71,200 people live in 26 different towns, villages and settlements in the Waikato district which offers an easy commute to Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, and Hamilton, the fourth largest city. Residents enjoy a temperate climate and plenty of space within relaxed and safe communities. There’s everything you need to make the Waikato home, including modern health care, education facilities, leisure activities, vibrant business and industrial sectors and a strong sense of community.
"I felt this freedom here, freedom to be able to do what i want to do and to be who i am. we want to feel like we have a communinty. I think raglan gives us that"
- Denise Fort, Raglan artist and local resident, ex-Germany.
Waikato’s landscapes and natural resources are a major draw card for those seeking quality lifestyles as well as international and domestic visitors.
Rolling farmland is dotted with hills and ranges blessed with native bush, planted pine forests and internationally recognised wetlands. Stunning west coast beaches hug the district while the mighty Waikato River forms the district’s identity and links its people to their strong Māori heritage.
"our people are anchored to this space through our long settlement here and today you can still find our traditional meeting places right across the waikato."
- Marrin Haggie, Tainui iwi.
There are huge outdoor recreational opportunities, ranging from mountain biking to surfing. World-class schooling options are available close by, including access to tertiary education in nearby cities.
Modern transport routes make travel a breeze.
Property prices in the Waikato are typically lower than those in major New Zealand cities, despite the lifestyle advantages. There’s something for everyone, from gracious lifestyle properties to modern homes in bustling, friendly towns.
In 2012, life expectancy at birth in New Zealand was 79.3 years for males and 83 years for females. These statistics are similar for the Waikato district.
For further population data please see our Economic Profile.
Click here to download our fact sheet on key demographic trends in the Waikato region.
Waikato Demographic Trends (563KB)