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

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


Function VenueLinen Hire Hamilton

Phoenix Decoration Hire

Your North Island wedding and event decoration hire experts.
1st September, 2015 - Hamilton
Home Heating Hamilton

Warm Air

New Zealand’s No. 1 Gas Ducted Heating brand from icy cold to toasty warm in minutes; safe, eco-friendly and cost-effective.
1st September, 2015 - Hamilton
Builder Waikato

Hawthorn Builders Ltd

Excellent craftsmanship that can last for a long time
31st August, 2015 - Waikato
Upholstery Waikato

The Cane Factory & Upholstery Shop Ltd

Supplies, recovery and repairs of quality crane and upholstery
30th August, 2015 - Waikato
Fibreglass Waikato

Mike Shaw Fibreglass

Your complete shop for high quality fiberglass parts repairs and manufacture – based in Hamilton
30th August, 2015 - Waikato
Builder Waikato

Watts and Hughes Construction

Local, Approachable, Innovative
29th August, 2015 - Waikato
DecksFencing ContractorsRetaining Wall Hamilton

DMR Contracting

Experienced contractors for fencing & gates, decking, retaining walls & hard landscaping Covering Hamilton & the Greater Waikato
29th August, 2015 - Hamilton
Function Venue Waikato

The Phoenix Hall aka The Phoenix House Charitable Trust Community Hall

Available for everyone and anyone to hire, the community hall is ideal for all types of functions and gatherings.
28th August, 2015 - Waikato
Tv Aerial Waikato

AA Antenna Man

Your one stop shop for all home theatre and Freeview television installations Servicing Waikato, Tauranga & Wellington
28th August, 2015 - Waikato
Awnings Hamilton


waterproofing options and shade options for outdoor areas.
27th August, 2015 - Hamilton
Aluminium JoineryJoinery Waikato

Brewer Joinery

Aluminum windows and doors |Interior Doors | Hardware in Waikato & the Central North Island
27th August, 2015 - Waikato
Concrete Contractors Waikato


Protecting and making your existing concrete look beautiful.
25th August, 2015 - Waikato
Auto Electrician Waikato

P & B Auto Electrical

For all your auto electrical services in the Hamilton and Waikato regions
25th August, 2015 - Waikato
Accommodation Hamilton

Putaruru Hotel

Accommodation Restaurant Weddings Functions Conferences
25th August, 2015 - Hamilton
Builder Waikato

ASAP Contracting

Building repairs, renovation and alterations, residential, commercial, industrial, rural
24th August, 2015 - Waikato
Landscaping Hamilton

Earthcare Systems

All hard landscaping for commercial and residential. Supply and installation.
24th August, 2015 - Hamilton
Dentist Hamilton

Cambridge Smile Centre

The Practice that CARES FOR COWARDS
23rd August, 2015 - Hamilton
Financial Advice Waikato

GVK Finance

Whether you need a company car or an array of trucks, We finance assets for small to medium companies.
23rd August, 2015 - Waikato
BlindsSecurity DoorsShowers Waikato

Ahead Home Products

The answer to all your fly screen, security door, blind, shower door and insulation questions.
23rd August, 2015 - Waikato
Concrete Contractors Hamilton

Polished Concrete Company

Floor and wall coatings and sealants and professional concrete grinding and polishing.
22nd August, 2015 - Hamilton
Pest Control Waikato

Pest Attack Pest Control (Waikato)

Eliminate pests from your home! We offer the protection that your property needs with trusted pest control services
22nd August, 2015 - Waikato
Landscaping Hamilton

CGC Landscape Company

Garden design and landscaping for the north island – Located in Tauranga
22nd August, 2015 - Hamilton

Shoe Clinic

Don't pick a shoe, let a shoe pick you. New Zealand's leading chain of sports footwear and apparel stores.
1st September, 2015 - National
Financial Advice National

JRE Business Solutions

Supporting local New Zealand businesses progress with our Kapiti based expert services.
31st August, 2015 - National
Gifts and Souvenirs National

Artworks of New Zealand

31st August, 2015 - National
Bakers National


Eat yummy food that is good for your body.
30th August, 2015 - National
Safety Equipment National

Gaprie Ltd

Supplying safety nets and Worksafe NZ required safety net training approved by FASET
29th August, 2015 - National
Storage National


Representing New Zealand Cold Storage & Logistics Businesses
28th August, 2015 - National
Storage National

Containers Direct

Containers Direct has been at the forefront of container modifications in New Zealand for over 15 years.
27th August, 2015 - National
Cleaners National

Paramount Services

Our 24/7 call center. 0800 cleaner (253 263)
24th August, 2015 - National
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TradeSkills Waikato

If you need trusted and reliable tradesmen, TradeSkills Waikato is your one-stop-shop in the Hamilton and Waikato region.

With several years of experience in building, home renovations and property maintenance, Tradeskills has the right certified tradesman for the job you need to be done.

No matter what the job is, we have got the tradesmen to complete it to the highest standards! From house painting and building to plumbing.

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House additions and building? Click here.

If you need a tradesperson for your home renovations, house alterations and extensions, TradeSkills has a range of builders & tradesmen associated with building services.

Plumbing services. Click here.

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Property maintenance, repairs and renovations.
21st August, 2015 - Waikato
Car Wreckers Waikato

Free Car Removals

If you have an aging automotive vehicle in Hamilton that's no longer roadworthy or can't pass its WOF, then why not cash it in now!

Get at least $100 to $2500 for your vehicle when you cash it in at Free Car Removals, or buy from our range of car parts.

We'll not only remove your unwanted car FREE but well even pay you for it! So why not call us now?

We pay top cash for your car!

The expert Hamilton car wreckers at Free Car Removals can not only remove your car and pay you cash on the spot, but they also have a large variety of car parts for sale.

Is your car no longer roadworthy?

Your trash is our treasure at Free Car Removals! No matter what make of car you have, if its no longer worthy or can't pass its warrant of fitness, then cash it in now for free removal and get your deserved payment forthright.

Hamilton store for great car parts

Are you in need of spare car parts for your vehicle? From Nissan and Toyota car parts for Holden and Ford car parts - we've got the lot right here at our car wreckers location in Hamilton.

Hamilton based car wreckers from Free Car Removals pay you for your automotive vehicle.
20th August, 2015 - Waikato
Carpet LayingFlooring Hamilton

Complete Flooring

Here at Complete Flooring, our highly experienced technicians pride themselves on being the best at...

- Carpet laying and vinyl flooring installation - Concrete polishing and grinding - Concrete waterproofing for protection

Using trusted products such as Ardex and Aquron, all of our flooring services are of a high standard.

Vinyl & carpet laying

Our flooring company caters a complete supply and installation of carpet and vinyl flooring.

Concrete polishing requirements

Return your concrete floors back to their original condition and remove dirt and grime with expert concrete polishing services.

Concrete waterproofing? Click here.

Are you sick of the food or liquid stains on your interior concrete floor? You can prevent the moisture from passing through with concrete waterproofing solutions.

Your local Waikato flooring specialists. Everything you need for carpets, vinyl and concrete polishing and waterproofing.
19th August, 2015 - Hamilton
Home services Waikato

Waikato Water

Water delivery and drinking water supply for the Waikato region

Do you need bulk water delivery and water tank cleaning services?

Waikato Water provide bulk water delivery and water tank cleaning services to farmers, lifestyle block owners, schools, commercial and residential swimming pools and spas, businesses and local events.

Services for Bulk Water Delivery

One of the largest amounts of water in the Hamilton and Waikato region can be delivered by our water tankers. Regardless if you require your swimming pool topped up or your water tank filled, Waikato Water can assist you with your water delivery needs.

Water Tank Cleaning and Maintenance

Your water tank needs to be free of rodents, sludge and other harmful substances that can compromise your home or business water supply. You should book for a water tank cleaning service if you tank is already due for a clean or is looking low.

Water tank hire services! Click here.

If you need large amounts of water for a construction site or large event, Waikato Water can provide water tanks to suit your needs. Contact us today to find out more about hiring one of our large water storage tanks!

Waikato Region Residential & Commercial Water Delivery & Tank Cleaning
19th August, 2015 - Waikato

National Business Of the Month

Computers, Supplies and Service National


Effective POS & accounting systems for your retail business

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New Zealand retailers can give you timely financials!

Full inventory

Retailer’s inventory is a big asset that will require careful monitoring. iPOS offers you with full control on your inventory and will include comprehensive pricing set-up management, stock loss information and performance analysis.

Point of sale. Click here.

A great Point of Sale system requires being able to handle a wide range of retailer’s requirements. iPOS provides perfect POS with the benefit of being integrated with a complete financial and inventory control systems.

iPOSS can maintain your inventory for you

When it comes to maintaining inventory, it is a time-consuming task. iPOSS can be able to maintain your inventory – you will be astounded on how much time you can save and how affordable and effective it is for your retail operation.

Accounting Software Solutions & Point of Sale Installation, Sales and Support Developed in New Zealand for New Zealand retailers
21st August, 2015 - National
Graphic DesignPrinting National

Baldwin Calendars

Customized calendars for your business online

We provide personalized calendars for your customers so that your brand is with them everyday!

If you need a customised calendar design for 2014 or 2015 then Baldwin Calendars can craft you the perfect gift for your clients. Talk to us about creating a personalised calendar for your business that your customers will use every day.

Beautiful wall calendars

You can choose from a wide array of professional wall calendars which are specifically designed for your business that your customers will love.

Booklet calendars for promotion

Promotional calendar marketing is a great way to bring your business into the minds of your clients so that your message is with them when they are looking for the events on this month.

Desk calendars! Click here.

A desk calendar will sit right within sight of your customers every day so your messaging will always be in front of your client.

The independent choice for business promotional calendars Serving NZ wide, based in Auckland
21st August, 2015 - National
Engineering National

Rail & Industrial Resources

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Rail machinery. Click here.

New Zealand's Industrial tools and equipment for rail track maintenance

Industrial tools and equipment

New Zealand's Equipment and tools for industry

Farming Retailers machinery

Provides fencing tools for farming retailers in New Zealand

Supplying high quality tools, equipments and machinery for a range of rail, industrial and general applications throughout New Zealand and Australasia
20th August, 2015 - National
Paving National

West Stone Quality landscape Products

House bricks products

Durable and high quality house bricks available in wide variety of stylish colors

Driveway pavers services

High quality, drycast driveway pavers available in many styles and colors

Patio Pavers Services

Timeless, wetcast patio pavers – available in a range of styles and colours

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20th August, 2015 - National