The Waikato District covers more than 400,000 hectares (418.893ha). It borders Hamilton City from the north, east and west. There are 2,364 kilometres (km) of roads which you can travel on throughout the district. The information below outlines an overview of the our district and briefly profiles who lives here, our economy, industry and education.
The Waikato District is rich in natural resources, wilderness reserves, natural resources, native bush reserves, lush farmland, stunning west coast beaches, community history and culture. One of the stars in our the district’s crown is the mighty Waikato River, which threads its way through the region from Taupo to Port Waikato. Waikato District Council shares the management and preservation of this unique resource with iwi Waikato-Tainui under a Joint Management Agreement (JMA) which we co-signed in 2010.
Economy and industry
Dairy farming and mining are the backbone of this region. Another activity is aggregate and sand extraction and the Waikato District is also known for our industries, education, adventure tourism and events. The district is also right in the heart of what's called the 'Golden Triangle' – a zone formed by Auckland, Bay of Plenty and the Waikato region which generates the bulk of the nation' economic activity.
Open Waikato is the brand identity of the Waikato District Council’s Economic Growth Initiative, designed to be a communication hub to assist with implementing the Council’s guiding principles of People, Economy and Energy. The way the principles have leant into the brand strategy is through the themes of Invest, Visit and Live. Business development and attraction in the Waikato district is about optimising the Waikato District business advantages and sustaining the fantastic lifestyle and wonderful open, vibrant, clean and productive environment.
For information about doing business in the Waikato district please contact: Waikato District Council's Economic Development Manager on Freephone 0800 252 626 or visit: https://openwaikato.co.nz/