The Waikato Region is home to many attractions, including:
stretches of peaceful farmland
the vibrant city of Hamilton
native forests and bushlands
Lake Taupō (our country's largest lake)
some of the best surf beaches in the country
geothermal activity, and
the world-famous 'Hobbiton'.
The region’s infrastructure is well supported and provide significant opportunities for export and import.
National road and rail networks connect the area to Auckland International Airport and the ports of Auckland and Tauranga.
Hamilton Airport is located 20 minutes south of the city's CBD.
Waikato district offers peaceful living. The rural tranquillity and views of farmland and bush are making it increasingly popular.
The coastal areas of the region offer relaxed lifestyles. The Coromandel is a top holiday spot for New Zealanders, and Raglan is a mecca for surfers.
In contrast, Hamilton City is vibrant and diverse. The city is home to more than 80 ethnic groups and around half its residents under 30 years old.
Hamilton is spoilt for choice for places to relax and enjoy, including:
the international award-winning Hamilton Gardens
international sports stadiums and event facilities
an extensive network of walkways and cycle ways linking with the Waikato River
cafes, bars and restaurants.
Economy and industry
Dairying and agricultural bio-technology drive the Waikato’s economy, supported by thoroughbred horse breeding and training, forestry and coal mining.
Fonterra, the world leading dairy products supplier, is based here and Hamilton hosts the National Agricultural Fieldays, the largest agricultural tradeshow in the Southern Hemisphere.
Many of New Zealand’s leading agri-science research facilities are based in the Waikato and R&D is a key contributor to the economy. The electric fence and aerial top dressing are just two of the innovations to come from the region.
Education is another important sector, including a major University, a teacher’s college, technical institute hospital and nurse training.