The Waikato is New Zealand’s fourth-largest region, covering 25,000 square kilometres of the upper central North Island. The region is bounded by Auckland to its north, Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay to the east, and the Manawatu and Taranaki to the south. To the west, the region extends to the Tasman Sea coast, a largely rough and hilly expanse that does however offer a renowned series of surf breaks around the popular beach town of Raglan.

The Waikato’s population is an estimated 418,500. The region’s largest city is Hamilton, with 179,000 people; the remainder of the population are spread over more than 20 smaller towns across numerous territorial districts.

The region takes its name from the Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest, which has its mouth at Port Waikato and its origin in Lake Taupo. The Maori name Waikato translates as ‘flowing water.’ The Tainui tribe, one of New Zealand’s largest, regard the Waikato River with some reverence as a source of their mana - a concept broadly encompassing pride, spiritual power and authority. The river was historically an important transport and communications link for the people surrounding it, and in modern times is both a popular spot for boating and other recreation activities, and a site for hydro-electricity generation.

Waikato’s economy is heavily derived from the agricultural sector, particularly dairy. The second-largest sector in the Waikato is business services, contributing 8% of gross regional product (compared to 13% from the dairy sector.)

The Waikato region is also home to New Zealand’s largest population of horse operations and racing personnel. Much of the Waikato’s horse breeding district is centred around the town of Cambridge, the ‘Equine Capital of New Zealand,’ which has the distinction of being the birthplace of 13 Melbourne Cup winners.

The Waikato offers a diverse range of tourist and leisure activities. Hobbiton, the Hobbit movie set turned tourist attraction, is located in Matamata, 45 minutes east of Hamilton. The Waitomo Caves, south of Hamilton, offer an underground experience ranging from the tame - a boat or walking tour to view the beautiful limestone formations and native glow worms - to the adrenaline filled, including underground blackwater rafting, abseiling and ziplining through the darkness. The Waikato River provides boating, fishing, jet boating and rafting along its considerable length. Lake Taupo, the Huka Falls, the black sand beaches of Raglan, and Hamilton City itself are all popular destinations as well.

Latest News

Quote of the Day

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
November 24, 2015

"Mega Cow" coming to Morrinsville

A 6.5m tall "mega cow" is planned for Morrinsville as part of the Herd of Cows? street art project.
November 22, 2015

Quote of the Day

The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.
November 19, 2015

Face Melter

The worlds going to end on the 20th. We decided it would be nice to put together a smashing night of musical weirdness to see us through! Come party and lose your minds with us at Altitude Bar on Alexandra street- you wont regret a thing, you wont have time to!
November 18, 2015

New Zealand cows producing better than ever

The average New Zealand cow is producing 18 per cent more milk today than what she did 10 years ago because of better genetics and feed.
November 16, 2015

Quote of the Day

Out of difficulties grow miracles.
November 11, 2015

Digital Photography Group Novice

The Digital Photography Novice Group meets on every 2nd Wednesday of the Month. We discuss ways to improve your photography.
November 10, 2015

Giant sinkhole swallows cars in American parking lot

A huge sinkhole has swallowed more than a dozen cars in the parking lot of a new restaurant in Meridian, Mississippi.
November 8, 2015

Starlight Cinema Fireworks & Laser Extravaganza

Family friendly event for all ages. Movie, Lazer Show and Fireworks. All funds raised go back to the Taupo Community.
November 5, 2015

Fun and excitement at Melbourne Cup day celebrations

Melbourne Cup day was celebrated in styleat the Te Aroha & District Community Hospital.
November 2, 2015

Quote of the Day

When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.
November 1, 2015

Christmas donations wanted for those in need

Community House in Morrinsville is calling for donations for Christmas parcels for those in need.
October 29, 2015

Quote of the Day

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.
October 28, 2015

Dream River Poker

Welcome to Dream River Poker, NZ's leading free poker league, where you will be playing in live, free texas hold 'em poker tournaments right here at Retrospect (part of the the Ambassador Hotel complex) for your chance to move on to Venue, Regional & National Championships and your shot at up to 5 seats into the WSOP.
October 25, 2015

Quote of the Day

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
October 22, 2015

Napier man Manu Robin bought Taser to use on himself

A man who admitted illegally owning a Taser bought it to use on himself, so he could be like martial arts star Bruce Lee.
October 20, 2015

Cambridge residents save good old post box

The actions of a group of Cambridge residents has succeeded in saving one of the town's historic icons – an old red post box.
October 19, 2015

Quote of the Day

With self-discipline most anything is possible.
October 14, 2015

International Language Evening Classes

Waikato Institute of Education (WIE) currently has classes in French, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, German, and English. We can also arrange private tuition for languages not listed. Next term starting on 13/15 October 2015.
October 12, 2015

Owner of lost trans-Tasman cat located in Hong Kong

A Kiwi tom cat found mangy and flea-ridden in Brisbane now has another international connection to his story.
October 11, 2015

Dead cow left rotting in Waikato school's water supply

A cow carcass left to rot and seep into the main water supply of a Waikato school has sparked health concerns.
October 8, 2015

Quote of the Day

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
October 6, 2015

Living Enlightenment : Crazy Wisdom for Crazy Times

Living Enlightenment : Crazy Wisdom for Crazy Times A Series of public talks throughout the North Island from 2 October – 8 October 2015 with Yanchiji
October 4, 2015

Quote of the Day

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
October 1, 2015

SNaP- Social Networking and Performance Night

You are invited to join us at The Meteor Theatre, for an evening of conversation and connection for creative people.
September 30, 2015

Jedi not religious enough for a tax break in New Zealand, says Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs has rejected a request by the Jedi Society Incorporated to be recognised as a legitimate charitable endeavour, with all the tax-free benefits that entails.
September 28, 2015

Cambridge man's wishing chair

A 2 metre high colourful chair on the roadside in Cambridge's Cowley Drive, made from recycled wood and decorated with a mirror and CDs, has caught the eye of passers-by.
September 22, 2015

Mulligan's World Famous Quiz Night

If you are in Taupo on Tuesday - Do not miss this
September 21, 2015

Quote of the Day

I think I've been addicted to openness since long before my rock career. I was terrible as a teenager. I used to go out of my way to make people uncomfortable with personal details. I was always fascinated by the idea that we have these weird, random boundaries between what we do and don't show.
September 20, 2015

NZ tsunami warning cancelled after 8.3 Chile earthquake

A national tsunami warning that had been in force following a magnitude-8.3 earthquake off the coast of Chile has been cancelled.
September 17, 2015

Kiwi tramper bemuses girlfriend with bush puns

The trend for annoying your girlfriend with a barrage of puns - then posting the results on YouTube - has taken a Kiwi detour into the bush.
September 16, 2015

Meet the Mediums

First 35 through the door - please be there at 6.30pm - we have a busy night ahead of us entrance from bridge street only - there is ample parking at the rear of the building...
September 15, 2015

Quote of the Day

I know that a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania is about the most random place for a country singer to come from, but I had an awesome childhood.
September 10, 2015

Thames firth is worth a lot to the mussel industry

Sustaining the ocean and its environment is in the best interest of mussel farmers on the Firth of Thames.
September 8, 2015

Busy day of animal rescues for fire crews

A cat on a fiery mat, a sizzling bird on a wire and a horse in a drain made for an unusual day of animal rescues for fire crews.
September 6, 2015

Fink About It

Don't miss the latest offering from one of New Zealand's most successful live comedy acts. The Laughing Samoans comedy duo of Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepuleai has been touring the world for more than a decade now performing their hilarious and unique brand of humour.
September 3, 2015

Quote of the Day

I have a Woody Allen Jewish attitude to life: that it's all going to be disastrous. That it hasn't all been that way is simply down to some random quirk of fate.
September 2, 2015

Stormy weather strikes Waikato

Heavy, persistent rain has caused flooding and commuter chaos across the upper North Island and triggered weather warnings for parts of Waikato.
August 31, 2015

When inanimate objects attack

When it comes to inanimate objects, expect the unexpected.
August 26, 2015

Fourth man arrested over Matamata roadside bashing

A fourth man wanted for allegedly bashing a weary driver with the butt of a gun and robbing him has been arrested.
August 23, 2015

Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band

Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band are heading to the Nivara Lounge in Hamilton on Thursday 20th August ready to 'rock the joint'.
August 19, 2015

Hamilton City Council caps funding for Waikato Plan

The region's million-dollar Waikato Plan had been given a "reset" after the project became bogged down in information.
August 18, 2015

Quote of the Day

I'm not like most designers, who have to set sail on an exotic getaway to get inspired. Most of the time, it's on my walk to work, or sitting in the subway and seeing something random or out of context.
August 17, 2015

Secret world of octopuses: Sneaky hunting, rough sex and months of breeding

Scientists in the US have discovered a species of octopus that uses sneaky methods to hunt, engages in some romantic - if not a bit rough - sex and spends months breeding.
August 13, 2015

Waikato Photographic Society - Meeting

Our club is made up of members with a wide range of experience and knowledge of photography. We all enjoy sharing and talking about our interest in photography.
August 10, 2015

Former volunteer concerned peoples' lives will be lost in the outdoors

They've helped keep people alive in the outdoors and trained thousands of safety conscious firearms users but a former volunteer says the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council has been gutted to the core.
August 9, 2015

Quote of the Day

Random chance plays a huge part in everybody's life.
August 5, 2015

Texas man injured after bullet bounces off armadillo

A Texas man has been hit in the jaw by his own bullet after it bullet ricochetted off an armadillo.
August 4, 2015

Family Well-Being Programme for Migrants

An Introduction to Mindfulness Facilitator: Vanisri Mills (Counsellor)
August 3, 2015

Midwife hoping to make a difference in Nepal

A chance meeting was the catalyst for a Franklin woman's decision to head to Nepal and use her skills to make a difference in the village of Gogane.
July 29, 2015

Quote of the Day

One of the best things about paintings is their silence - which prompts reflection and random reverie.
July 27, 2015

Weird fish washes up on Rabbit Island

It came from the deep with big eyes and sharp teeth, but the marine creature that washed up on Rabbit Island, near Nelson, was more novel than scary.
July 26, 2015

The Wingmen

Now here’s a band that will keep you coming back for more. With Mark in front of the mic you’ll be kept well entertained even between songs!
July 23, 2015

New Zealand's best pie announced

A potato-top pie has won the top pie award at the 19th annual Bakels New Zealand Supreme Pie Awards.
July 21, 2015

Quote of the Day

The progression of roles you take strings together a portrait of an actor, but it's a completely random process.
July 19, 2015

The mystery of the foundation stone missing from a historic Wellington church

No-one knows the location of the Old St Paul's Cathedtral foundation stone 150 years after it was laid.
July 16, 2015

Harry Potter Family Quiz Night

Dress up, bring along some snacks and settle in for an evening of 'Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone' questions and activities. Prizes donated by Sail Barbary, AC Baths, Heli Adventure Flights & Huka Falls Jet.
July 15, 2015

Small businesses go social

Jojo Gittings started Two Birds Eatery, her allergy-friendly raw and whole foods café in Hamilton, a year and a half ago. It's in an unlikely location, tucked into the side of her father Bernard Gittings' pub, The Riv, in a corner of the Clyde Street shopping centre. But the café has quickly become a popular spot for many Hamiltonians and is now open seven days a week.
July 15, 2015


Dentures Hamilton

The Denture Studio


The Denture Studio will help you smile with confidence and pride, come to us for all your denture needs.

24th November, 2015 - Hamilton
Engraving Waikato

Davy Engravers


servicing throughout in the North Island

23rd November, 2015 - Waikato
Garage Doors Waikato

Automatic Door Services


Service, repairs and installations of all types of garage doors, residential, commercial, industrial.

22nd November, 2015 - Waikato

Select Valet


Valet, Car Washing and Vehicle grooming

22nd November, 2015 - Waikato
Plant Suppliers Hamilton

Bruntwood Nurseries


Wholesale nursery providing trees, shrubs, flax and perennials operating out of Waikato.

21st November, 2015 - Hamilton
Builder Waikato

Watts and Hughes Construction


Local, Approachable, Innovative

21st November, 2015 - Waikato
Auto Repairs Hamilton

Cambridge Windscreens


Professional automotive glazing services for the greater Waikato region

20th November, 2015 - Hamilton
Beauty Therapy Hamilton

The Skin Spa


Body and Skin Boutique Day Spa in central Hamilton. Relax, rejuvenate and revitalise yourself.

20th November, 2015 - Hamilton
GasfittingPlumber Waikato

Allgas & Plumbing Waikato


Master gasfitters & plumbers in the Waikato region.

20th November, 2015 - Waikato
Concrete Contractors Hamilton

Polished Concrete Company


Expert concrete grinding, polishing, sealants and coatings for floors and walls.

19th November, 2015 - Hamilton
BlindsSecurity DoorsShowers Waikato

Ahead Home Products


The answer to all your fly screen, security door, blind, shower door and insulation questions.

19th November, 2015 - Waikato
Financial Advice Waikato

GVK Finance


Whether you need a company car or an array of trucks, We finance assets for small to medium companies.

18th November, 2015 - Waikato
Concrete Contractors Waikato



Protecting and making your existing concrete look beautiful.

18th November, 2015 - Waikato
Childcare Hamilton

Miro House Kindergarten


Centered around the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, the goal of Miro House Kindergarten is to give children exceptional early learning.

17th November, 2015 - Hamilton
Tour companies Waikato

Tukino Skifield


Ski on the sunny side of the mount!

17th November, 2015 - Waikato
Builder Waikato

Hawthorn Builders Ltd


Quality workmanship that will last the test of time

16th November, 2015 - Waikato
Home services Hamilton

Bowman Fine Arts


Certified picture framers - for custom frames, preservation framing and much more.

16th November, 2015 - Hamilton
Spa and Pool Service Waikato

Advanced Pool Services Ltd


Pool professional for commercial and domestic pool and spa treatment, repairs, upgrades and supplies. Tauranga and Waikato regions.

16th November, 2015 - Waikato
Landscaping Hamilton

CGC Landscape Company


Garden design and landscaping for the north island – Located in Tauranga

15th November, 2015 - Hamilton
Landscaping Hamilton

Armstrong Landscape Contractors


Waikato's best hard landscaping professionals, offering an exceptional range of services.

15th November, 2015 - Hamilton
Kitchen Design Waikato

Sandra Grummitt Design


Kitchen and bathroom design, operating throughout the Waikato for over 30 years.

15th November, 2015 - Waikato
Wine National

Pheasant Creek Wines


New Zealand wine from the heart of Rangitikei

24th November, 2015 - National
Food products National

Mexican Supplies Limited


Worldwide distributors of NZ grown, GM free corn chips and other Mexican food products

24th November, 2015 - National
Printing National

Flag and Banner


Servicing Top Quality flags, banners and banner stands Nationwide Reasonably priced NZ made flags and banners

23rd November, 2015 - National
Graphic DesignPrinting National

Baldwin Calendars


The finest choice for business promotional calendars Offers services in NZ wide, Auckland based

23rd November, 2015 - National
Gifts and Souvenirs National

Artworks of New Zealand



22nd November, 2015 - National
Natural Health National

Velvet Energy


Velvet Energy manufacture and sell natural NZ deer velvet products for good health and vitality.

21st November, 2015 - National
Computers, Supplies and Service National



Point of Sale & Accounting Software Solutions Sales, installation & support Developed in NZ for NZ retailers

19th November, 2015 - National
Storage National

Containers Direct


For a decade and a half, Containers direct have been supplying top quality modified containers across NZ.

18th November, 2015 - National
Personal products and service National

Better Send Off


Leave a lasting impression with a funeral from Better Send Off. We provide you with everything to know about giving your loved one a final send off.

17th November, 2015 - National
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Local Business Of the Month

Joinery Hamilton

Fine Woodworking

We are expert makers of new kitchens, furniture pieces and joinery

We manufacture high end products with great emphasis on quality

For over twelve years, Fine Woodworking Ltd has been making the finest joinery, kitchens and furniture.

Custom joinery

Windows and doors Bathroom cabinetry Glass and mirrors Wardrobes Shelving and cabinetry Shop fit outs And much more...

Home and office upholstery

Bedroom furniture Office desks Dining room tables Entertainment units Display cabinets Outdoor furniture And much more...

Kitchen manufacturing services

New kitchens Kitchen sculleries Kitchen benchtops Kitchen splashbacks Kitchen hardware Kitchen cabinetry And much more...


Joinery, kitchens and furniture design and manufacture using innovative materials and styles

14th November, 2015 - Hamilton
Gasfitting Taranaki

Allgas Taranaki Limited

Looking for fast, affordable and efficient heating for your home? Gas Central Heating is your choice for a warm and cosy home

A major cause of greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand is the huge amount of energy consumed by household appliances.

Central gas heating is the more efficient alternative to heating your home, so to cut down on the amount of energy you consume just by heating your home, switch to gas central heating.

Efficient central heating

For the best in innovative technology, install Brivis Gas central heating for an energy efficient system sure to make your home warm without using large amounts of energy.

Continuous Hot Water

Allgas Taranaki will install a new continuous flow gas hot water system in place of your old electric hot water cylinder. As a Certifying gasfitter & registered plumber you know they will do the job right.

Economical Gas Heating

If you want efficient easy heating with the look of a real fire, Allgas Taranaki installs impressive gas fireplaces for a more comfortable home.


Taranaki gas heating and hot water system installation, from your local experts.

14th November, 2015 - Taranaki
Roofing and Roof Coatings Waikato

VRS Roofing

We offer roof installation for both residential and commercial properties from aluminium to metal roofing and many more.

Have you got a leaky roof? Our team will find the solutions for your problem.

Get more light into your home with a cost effective skylight installed in your house.

New roofing installations

We are your local experienced roofing team that can install all new roofing on your house or business. With certified workers we are able to get the job done and done right.

Have a roof that is leaking?! Click here.

Regardless your roof needs repairs or complete re roofing, we can take care find the best solution and handle the job properly.

Skylights for natural light

Create a comfortable home! Take a look at Suntrenz skylights and Velux roof windows for environmentally friendly and economical lighting choices.


Installing all roofs in the Waikato area.

14th November, 2015 - Waikato
Beauty TherapyNailsWaxing Hamilton

The Skin Spa

Revitalising boutiques day spa for your body, mind and soul ...promoting vitality, wellness, peace and balance

Our wish is for you to relax and for a moment and take a break from the busy turbulence of your life.

Our Therapeutic value of the treatment, special products, and spa and rituals can help you in balancing your body and skin no matter what body and beauty treatment you take from our spa.


Make a booking now



Body and skin boutique for spa massages, facials, waxing, manicures, pedicures, electrolysis and more

13th November, 2015 - Hamilton
Accommodation Waikato

Earthstead Villas

Luxury Cambridge, your ideal accommodation

Earthstead is a unique and interesting concept that offers everyone the chance to stay in eco-friendly accommodation to enjoy all the pleasures of sustainable life.

Built from recycled materials and earth within the area to fresh produce foods, you will be spoiled in a luxurious accommodation without compromise.

GUEST BOOK. Click here.

Why do people love Earthstead?

Our Earth House

Our Earthstead’s first-rate villa – fully furnished and self contained.

The Cob Cottages

Contemporary and quirky luxury accommodation.


Luxurious eco accommodation

13th November, 2015 - Waikato
Flooring Waikato

Brockliss Contractors - a division of Conslab Ltd.

When it comes to commercial floors, Brockliss Contractors can provide the total flooring system for your business.

Our flooring specialists, as permitted Sika applicators, offer services for epoxy floor coatings, floor preparation, and installation of industrial flooring systems.

You can have a peace of mind that your floor finish will have a high standard with the help of experienced technicians, using their mobile workshop and choosing quality-flooring products.

Floor coating applicators. Click here.

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Earlier flooring projects! Click here.



12th November, 2015 - Waikato
Accommodation Hamilton

Matangi Oaks

As members of the Bed & Breakfast Association New Zealand you can be assured that your accommodation is top-notch, and the service second-to-none.

A wealth of knowledge, your hosts can help with any questions you may have about the local attractions, and the best vineyards.

With two top quality, ensuite double rooms, Matangi Oaks is your first choice of luxury accommodation.

Exceptionally friendly staff and services

If you need luxury, 5 star country accommodation in the Waikato region, come by the new Matangi Oaks building, for comfortable care and superb hospitality and catering.

Superb homestay accommodation in Waikato

In the evening relax with a glass of wine in the separate guest lounge or enjoy the company and hospitality of your hosts while planning the next day's trips and visits to the local attractions or special events.

Visit popular local spots from our convenient central location

Matangi Oaks is superbly and centrally located within easy access of Hamilton and Cambridge. The popular tourist spots of Rotorua, Taupo, Bay of Plenty, Auckland and Waitomo are all within driving distance for a day trip.


Hamilton’s quality country homestay. Your first choice for location and exceptional hospitality.

12th November, 2015 - Hamilton

National Business Of the Month

Business products and services National

Arrow Hygiene

If you're looking for a website to find all your cleaning supplies and hygiene products online, then Arrow Hygiene could be the place for you.

At Arrow Hygiene our extensive collection of products is bound to impress, and with a variety of major brands, you're certain to find the solution for you.

We always strive to provide commendable service for our customers, and as a family owned and run business, love to keep our shoppers satisfied.

Leading Provider of Cleaning Supplies and Hygiene Products

We believe in a strong work ethic, and treating customers to attentive customer service that stays professional, while also solving the issues at hand.

Reach out to us now for more on the greatest hygiene products around.? Click here.

With our unparalleled range of household and office cleaning products, we're sure we have the answer to any cleaning problem you may face. Our tight-knit, friendly team of cleaning professionals are always on hand to offer expert advice or help you make any cleaning product orders.

Years of experience working with Cleaning businesses

After starting out selling mats, we began to source cleaning and hygiene products from New Zealand's best importers, after receiving requests to widen our range.


Welcome to Arrow Hygiene - Expert Providers of Cleaning Supplies

13th November, 2015 - National

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