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

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


Carpet Cleaning Waikato

Xtract Carpet Cleaning

Helping you keep your home fresh with clean carpets and upholstery!
9th October, 2015 - Waikato
Concrete Contractors Hamilton

Polished Concrete Company

Expert concrete grinding, polishing, sealants and coatings for floors and walls.
8th October, 2015 - Hamilton
DecksFencing ContractorsRetaining Wall Hamilton

DMR Contracting

Experienced contractors for fencing & gates, decking, retaining walls & hard landscaping Covering Hamilton & the Greater Waikato
8th October, 2015 - Hamilton
Fencing Contractors Waikato

FenceMaster Industries Ltd

Ministry of Education and Industrial sites custom fencing & gates that caters to your needs | Based in Auckland
8th October, 2015 - Waikato
Electrician Waikato

Richard Baker Electrical

Highly skilled electrical team in Waikato specializing in Clipsal c-bus automation for residential and commercial.
7th October, 2015 - Waikato
Home services Waikato

Waikato Water

Waikato Region Residential & Commercial Water Delivery & Tank Cleaning
6th October, 2015 - Waikato
Awnings Hamilton


Building and outdoor shade and waterproof solutions.
6th October, 2015 - Hamilton

NZ Clean Energy Systems

North Island wide installation services of photovoltaic solar panel systems and hot water heat pumps.
5th October, 2015 - Hamilton
BuilderDecksFencing ContractorsRenovations Waikato

Andrew Galbraith Building Contractor Ltd

Hamilton and greater Waikato region award winning builders
5th October, 2015 - Waikato

Pest Attack Rodent Control

Call in the professionals at Pest Attack Rodent Control to free your home of unwanted vermin.
5th October, 2015 - Hamilton
Beauty Therapy Waikato

Clinic Indulge

Indulge because you are able to.
4th October, 2015 - Waikato
Childcare Hamilton

Miro House Kindergarten

We strive to provide an effective learning environment at Miro House Kindergarten, based of the philosophies of Rudolf Steiner.
4th October, 2015 - Hamilton
Locksmith Waikato

A1 Budget Locksmiths

Residential, commercial and automotive locksmiths for Hamilton and the Waikato region
4th October, 2015 - Waikato
Financial Advice Waikato

GVK Finance

Asset based finance for small to medium businesses From one truck to an entire fleet - we do it all!
3rd October, 2015 - Waikato
Garden Maintenance Hamilton

Riverlea Group Ltd

Importers and Manufacturers of Garden Sheds which includes Duratuf & Outdoor products like Wheelbarrows, Fireplaces and BBQs
3rd October, 2015 - Hamilton
Signwriters Hamilton

Sign Max Ltd

Auckland, Waikato and Coromadel's design, manufacture and installation of quality signage experts
3rd October, 2015 - Hamilton
Builder Hamilton

Graham Walker Builders Ltd

For great services in the greater Waikato region from renovations and alterations, to repairs and new builds.
2nd October, 2015 - Hamilton
Gasfitting Taranaki

Allgas Taranaki Limited

Professional installation of hot water systems and gas heating across Taranaki.
2nd October, 2015 - Taranaki
Landscaping Hamilton

Earthcare Systems

Extreme landscaping for all residential and commercial properties.
1st October, 2015 - Hamilton
Carpet LayingFlooring Hamilton

Complete Flooring

Your local Waikato flooring specialists. Everything you need for carpets, vinyl and concrete polishing and waterproofing.
1st October, 2015 - Hamilton
Landscaping Waikato

McCanns Mowing

Mowing - commercial, sport fields, schools, parks and lifestyle blocks.
30th September, 2015 - Waikato
Earthmoving Waikato

Cambridge Excavators

Civil, Rural and Drainage Contracting Specialists
30th September, 2015 - Waikato
GasfittingTraining and Education National


New Zealand gas fitters and gas industry consultancy, training and audits
9th October, 2015 - National
Food products National

The Cats & Dogs Dinner Company

Premium meals for your dogs and cats using NZ farmed meat, fish and unprocessed game.
9th October, 2015 - National
Paving National

West Stone Quality landscape Products

Decorative Stones, Sandstone Products, Retaining Walls, Schist Stone, House Bricks, Patio & Driveway Paving and so much more...
7th October, 2015 - National
Gifts and Souvenirs National


Find the perfect gift for that special someone, or for yourself with Natural Coconut Oil products
7th October, 2015 - National
Business products and services National

Arrow Hygiene

Browse online for all your cleaning supplies and hygiene products at Arrow Hygiene
6th October, 2015 - National
Engineering National

Rail & Industrial Resources

Offers the New Zealand and Australasia with high quality tools, equipment, and machinery for industrial, rail, and general purposes.
2nd October, 2015 - National
Storage National


Storage technology and shelving systems for every business purpose. New Zealand based with global distribution.
1st October, 2015 - National
Business products and services National

Pioneer Group

For all of your environmentally friendly cardboard compacting, recycling and management needs across the nation.
30th September, 2015 - National
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Local Business Of the Month

Dentures Hamilton

The Denture Studio

With three decades in the industry, our services have been refined with experience in addition to using world leading denture products.

The Denture Studio has proudly served Hamilton, Cambridge and the wider Waikato community since 2005.

Book an appointment at The Denture Studio today, to discuss and fulfill all of your denture needs.

Registered, professional dental technician. Click here.

The Denture Studio was first opened in 2005 by our full qualified Clinical Dental Technician after moving to Hamilton. Since then she has providing superb services to the area and is also New Zealand Council registered.

Hamilton's local experts in dentures

No matter your dental appliance needs, The Dental Studio are a specialised denture company with a primary focus on denture related products and services that guarantee the best treatment in Hamilton.

Partial dentures and new fitting methods

Obvious 'false teeth' are a thing of the past! The Denture Studio believe that well-fitting, natural looking dentures are essential to your health, wellbeing and vitality.

Feel free to smile with the positive support from The Denture Studio, for all the services and help you need.
29th September, 2015 - Hamilton
GasfittingHeat PumpsHeat Pumps Waikato

All Star Heating & Gas

All Star Heating & Gas is your one stop shop for local, efficient home heating.

We have many years of experience with all heating solutions including the installation of heat pumps, fuel burners and whole home ducted packages.

We can offer services in maintenance, annual servicing through to repairs and upgrades of ducted systems.

Professional central heating installation

Ensure that your home is comfortable and warm during the cold months. At All Star Heating & Gas, we offer professional installation of Brivis Central Heating systems.

Repairs and Installation

At All Star Heating & Gas, we have you covered with an extensive range of heating system and gas fitting services that ranges from maintenance and servicing to installation and upgrades.

Benefits of gas heating

Gas heating offers an affordable, environmentally friendly solution that rivals electric powered systems. To find out which option is best for your home and family, talk to All Star Heating & Gas today.

Heating maintenance and gas fitting services in the Waikato from the prompt and reliable professionals
28th September, 2015 - Waikato
Function Venue Waikato

The Phoenix Hall aka The Phoenix House Charitable Trust Community Hall

> Wedding venue hire > Birthday venue hire > Corporate venue hire > Function venue hire > And much more...

Venue hire for all occasions...? Click here.

- Weddings - Corporate meetings - Birthdays - Work functions - Concerts - Social Activities - Educational events - Cultural events - And every other occasion

Kitchen facilities include...

- Oven - Microwave - Gas Hot Water - Hot water Boiler - Sink - Gas cooktop with Oven You supply the food we will provide the kitchen

Available for everyone and anyone to hire, the community hall is ideal for all types of functions and gatherings.
28th September, 2015 - Waikato
Home services Hamilton

Bowman Fine Arts

Expert craftsmanship, fine quality materials and durable, custom made frames ensure you get the best product for preserving your photos and memories.

Our Hamilton framing workshop offers you a range of painting, object & photo framing for items of all shapes and sizes.

With a wide range of frames there is something for everyone. Talk to us about conserving documents, artwork, objects and more.

Trusted Preservation Framers in Hamilton

We provide insightful advice on the preservation of framed items so they can stand the test of time whether they need to last for years to last for generations to come.

Picture framing that lets you stand out. Click here.

Come by Bowman Fine Art, for a range on unique, original frames you won't find in any ordinary retail store. Receive friendly advice from our certified framer and find the frame that's right for you today!

Exceptionally crafted frames and certified professional framers! Click here.

Our certified framer is locally renown for his creative frame designs and has both the knowledge and international qualifications to craft flawless quality frames. Ensure your picture frames are top quality with Bowman Fine Arts.

Whether you're after preservation framing, custom frames or any other frame kind, we're the certified picture framers for you.
28th September, 2015 - Hamilton
Septic Tanks Waikato

Cambridge Septic Tank Services

Top notch septic tank services in Hamilton and Waikato region

Trust the experts to give you the septic tank and liquid waste disposal services you need!

Cambridge Septic Tank Services has a team of experienced technicians that are highly-skilled to deal with a range of liquid waste disposal services.

Septic tank cleaning! Click here.

It is imperative to get your septic tank serviced and cleaned regularly to prevent blockages and harmful flooding. Find out more about how we can ensure your septic tank is safe and working properly.

Safe Disposal of Liquid Waste

By being NZWWA Liquid and Hazardous Waste Code Compliant, we can guarantee the safe collection & disposal of your liquid waster with all waste being tracked and disposed of suitably in permitted and monitored dumping sites.

Grease trap cleaning, sump cleaning and catch pit. Click here.

We also provide grease trap servicing for restaurants, catch pit cleaning for drains subject to flooding and cowshed sump cleaning for dairy farmers. Find out more about how we can provide these services for you!

Advanced Tank Services & Collection of Liquid Waster in the Waikati region
27th September, 2015 - Waikato

National Business Of the Month

Printing National


More than 42,00 systems sold starting from 1995, rest assured that our display stands are the right one for you to use during your presentations.

The ease of assembly is great, the image quality is stunning!

Prompt callback response for enquiries and a 24hr* emergency print service for those ultra desperate jobs.

BANNERBUG. More bang for your buck

At 2.2m, you can make all their heads turn at your premium pull-up banner.

BRAVO. Light weight and light on your wallet!

The pull up display for your business meeting. Being nice and light you are able to transport this product well.

Amazing portable display systems for your presentations and shows.
29th September, 2015 - National
Financial Advice National

JRE Business Solutions

Our small business Support Package "Biz Buddy" starts from as little as $250 per month!!

Business solutions to help guide and grow businesses...Your one-stop shop for business advice.

We offer personalised business solutions to best support your company or corporation and allow them to develop to their full potential.

Need Health and Safety Support?

JRE Business Solutions provide the complete Health & Safety solution. From the supply of tailored Health & Safety documentation and processes, to full implementation and on going support.

Simplify your business management software. Click here.

For the best solutions to making compliance requirements easy for your business, we offer Prosper software. If you want the best in compliance software and business control, enquire more about Prosper software today!

Make an Enquiry

Get in touch with the professionals at JRE Business Solutions to enquire more and get your free 30 minute discussion on the requirements, tools and software your business needs to advance.

Specialist services to help support, nurture and grow businesses. Based in Kapiti, servicing NZ wide
29th September, 2015 - National
Fire ExtinguishersSafety Equipment National

Stock Aid

For Quality P2 masks, get in touch with us

We have just received our latest shipment of Respirator Masks, Super Low Price- Amazing quality, AS/NZS 1716:2003 Approved.

Huge range of Chemical & Oil spill kits.

Best rates, high quality and fast delivery of absorbent products and spill kits. Ideal for home or workshop – order now!

New-PVC Safety Signs

New to stockaid, wide range of first class quality PVC safety and information signs.

Quality First Aid, Safety, Hygiene and Protective Products in New Zealand
27th September, 2015 - National