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Te Kauwhata snapshot
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Te Kauwhata snapshot

Te Kauwhata, a village of nearly 1,500 residents (1,473 – Census March 2013), is located 51 kilometres (km) north of Hamilton and 77km south of Auckland. The township is surrounded by dairy farms, drystock holdings and horticulture. Its newest building is its Waikato District Council library.

This growing settlement is also home to light industrial and commercial areas such as vehicle repair garages, light engineering companies, an eel and salmon processing plant, truck and freighting companies and agricultural supply businesses servicing the rural sector. For those keen on motor sports, Te Kauwhata is close to the Hampton Downs race track (off State Highway 1), drag racing in nearby Meremere and V8 racing in Pukekohe.

Originally known as Wairangi, Te Kauwhata grew around a railway station built in the late 1870s. In 1886 trial plantings of exotic trees began nearby, and in 1892 a government research station started. The Te Kauwhata Viticultural Research Station carried out horticultural research, focusing on viticulture, until 1992. 

The first home of the New Zealand wine industry, the Viticultural Research Station was the site of an experimental farm, growing Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling grapes.  International viticulturalist Romeo Bragato took over the running of this station in 1901 and five wines produced here won gold medals. 

Just south of Te Kauwhata, is the site of one of the fiercest battles of the New Zealand land wars, fought at Rangiriri on 20 November 1863. Maaori built an exceptionally strong paa there, and when the British forces attacked many men lost their lives. Part of the paa site is now a historic reserve.

Te Kauwhata's natural features include Lake Waikare and the Whangamarino wetlands, a significant environmental feature in the north Waikato. Located just north of the township, the Whangamarino wetlands area is the second largest peat bog and swamp complex in the North Island. Established as a Ramsar site in 1989, this wetlands area has been developed further since the late 1990s. It is managed by the Department of Conservation it is the site of the first National Wetland Trail established in New Zealand.

Te Kauwhata's position alongside the Waikato Expressway means it is  an attractive place to live for people working in either Auckland or Hamilton and places in between. The Expressway is the major four-lane state highway roading network linking Auckland to Hamilton and further south. 

Amenities and services

Here’s a summary of what you’ll find in Te Kauwhata:

  • Broadband available
  • Four churches
  • Te Kauwhata Lions’ RSA Hall
  • Te Kauwhata Library
  • One medical centre
  • Sports clubs and venues – including golf, rugby, netball, squash, cricket, tennis, swimming, bowling, community fitness centre
  • Te Kauwhata bus services (inter-regional only)
  • Elderly care – Aparangi Retirement Village, comprising large individual houses, smaller apartments and flats and a care unit certified to hospital standard
  • Local governance via the Waikato District Council and the Te Kauwhata Community Committee.
Nearest other amenities and services outside Te Kauwhata:

Other medical centres and healthcare facilities are also available in the town of Huntly, 20km to the south. Hospitals are available in Hamilton or Auckland. 


There are three early childhood learning centres in Te Kauwhata, one primary school (years 1 to 6) and one secondary school (years 7 to 13). 

More about Te Kauwhata and the Waikato district

Get more district profile and investment information on the Open Waikato website, including a presentation from Waikato district Mayor, Allan Sanson.

The Open Waikato website also has a wealth of background information on the Waikato district, whether you're building or developing here; thinking of moving here; or wanting to know about businesses, industry, current projects and developments, case studies, demographics, land values, migration, population and other future projections for the district or a specific area within it.

Take a quick tour with Mayor Allan Sanson as he explains why you should visit, live and invest in the Waikato district.

Find out more about iwi in our district and land and property including planning, development, resource consents and building consents.

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