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.

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Harry Potter Family Quiz Night

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Small businesses go social

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Portable Cabins Waikato

A1 Portable Cabins

Portable, flexible and economical portable cabins for hire and purchase | Waikato
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Builder Waikato

Grayling Builders

Building new homes, additions and commercial works
22nd July, 2015 - Waikato
Printing Hamilton

Flag and Banner

Servicing Top Quality flags, banners and banner stands Nationwide Reasonably priced NZ made flags and banners
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KLARO - energy efficient wastewater treatment systems, world leading technology.
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Garage Doors Waikato

Automatic Door Services

For industrial, commercial and residential installation and repairs of every garage door
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Beauty Therapy Waikato

Clinic Indulge

Indulge because you are able to.
22nd July, 2015 - Waikato
Concrete Contractors Hamilton

Polished Concrete Company

Your specialists in all matters concerning concrete from sealings and coatings to polishing and grinding.
22nd July, 2015 - Hamilton
French DoorsJoinery Waikato

Wackrow's Joinery

Servicing Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Waikato. Vanities and cabinetry. Timber windows, doors and joinery
21st July, 2015 - Waikato
BlindsSecurity DoorsShowers Waikato

Ahead Home Products

A quality solution for all shower doors, insulation, fly screens, security doors and blinds.
21st July, 2015 - Waikato
Upholstery Waikato

The Cane Factory & Upholstery Shop Ltd

Cane and upholstery supplies, maintenance, recovery and repairs
2nd June, 2015 - Waikato
Childcare Waikato

Kowhai Childcare

A safe, natural home like environment for children aged 6 months to 6 years old
2nd June, 2015 - Waikato
Car Wreckers Waikato

Free Car Removals

Free car removals, we pay top cash for your car! Highly skilled car wreckers in Hamilton.
2nd June, 2015 - Waikato
Septic Tanks Waikato

Cambridge Septic Tank Services

Advanced Tank Services & Collection of Liquid Waster in the Waikati region
2nd June, 2015 - Waikato
Carpet Cleaning Waikato

Xtract Carpet Cleaning

Helping you keep your home fresh with clean carpets and upholstery!
2nd June, 2015 - Waikato
Carpet CleaningCleanersPest Control Waikato

Fundamental Cleaning

Professional, friendly and confidential services for general cleaning and pest extermination.
2nd June, 2015 - Waikato
Building Supplies and Products Hamilton

Adhesives & Sealants

Seller and wholesaler of glues, sealants and adhesives from everyday craft use to industrial use.
2nd June, 2015 - Hamilton
Auto Repairs Hamilton

Cambridge Windscreens

Specialists in the greater Waikato region for automotive glazing services
2nd June, 2015 - Hamilton
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Complete Flooring

We are the flooring authorities in Waikato. Everything you need for vinyl, carpets, waterproofing and concrete polishing.
2nd June, 2015 - Hamilton
Plumber Taranaki

Flow Industries

Provides service in New Plymouth and the greater Taranaki area
2nd June, 2015 - Taranaki
Tv Aerial Waikato

AA Antenna Man

Home theatre and Freeview television installations. Servicing Tauranga, Waikato & Wellington
2nd June, 2015 - Waikato
Engraving Waikato

Davy Engravers

Your one stop local store for all your engraving needs Hamilton Shop | servicing throughout in the North Island
2nd June, 2015 - Waikato
Fencing Contractors Waikato

FenceMaster Industries Ltd

Custom fencing & gates that suit your requirements | For the Ministry of Education and Industrial sites | Auckland
2nd June, 2015 - Waikato
Spa and Pool Service Waikato

Advanced Pool Services Ltd

Pool professional for commercial and domestic pool and spa treatment, repairs, upgrades and supplies. Tauranga and Waikato regions.
2nd June, 2015 - Waikato
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Artworks of New Zealand

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22nd July, 2015 - National
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Baldwin Calendars

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Comfort Group

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Local Business Of the Month

Joinery Hamilton

Fine Woodworking

We are passionate makers of furniture pieces, joinery and new kitchens

Manufacturing high end products with a high emphasis on quality

Based in the South Waikato town of Te Kuiti, Fine Woodworking Ltd have been manufacturing high quality kitchens, joinery and furniture for over 12 years.

Custom made joinery

Windows and doors Bathroom cabinetry Glass and mirrors Wardrobes Shelving and cabinetry Shop fit outs And much more...

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Kitchen manufacturing services

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Home Heating Hamilton

Warm Air

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Flooring Waikato

Brockliss Contractors - a division of Conslab Ltd.

In terms of commercial floors, Brockliss Contractors can give you a total flooring system for your business.

Our flooring experts are permitted Sika applicators, and they can provide a complete service for floor preparation, installation of industrial flooring systems and epoxy floor coatings.

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Specializing in Polyester Flooring Toppings & Epoxy and servicing in the region of Auckland
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Select Valet

On site Car Valeting - a wide range of car wash equipment ensures all the finer details are attended too.

Mobile Car Valet – we can come to you any time at your convenience.

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Business opportunities

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Tour companies Waikato

Tukino Skifield

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2nd June, 2015 - Waikato
Builder Hamilton

Graham Walker Builders Ltd

For two and a half decades, Graham Walker Builders have been helping the Hamilton Community with all their building, renovation and repair needs.

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Since 1989, Graham Walker Builders have been providing quality building services in Waikato, managing projects and renovations for decades.

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For great services in the greater Waikato region from renovations and alterations, to repairs and new builds.
2nd June, 2015 - Hamilton
Aluminium JoineryJoinery Waikato

Brewer Joinery

Builders - Hardware, doors and windows for interior and exterior applications. Call us about your new builds and renovations.

Architects - Customized aluminium joinery, timber doors and hardware for commercial and residential projects.

Homeowners - Take some time to talk to the experts because windows and doors are a big investment. We will provide a range of options to suit your needs and budget.

Aluminium windows and doors...

Our four series of aluminium doors and windows – the Evolution, Residential, Architectural and ThermAcolour will offer you with a wide choice of project regardless you are building or renovating a home, beach house, and apartment or investment property.

Entrance doors

Our custom designed timber or aluminium entrance door can help you make a first impression that lasts. We can help you with effective advice style, colours, hardware, style and coating choices so you make the finest decision.

Interior Door for reidences

Brewer joinery can design and manufacture interior doors that suit your home from olde worlde country charm to contemporary and modern. Select from a wide range of styles which includes bi-fold, slider and French, and inquire about our easy installation service!

Central North Island and Waikato Hardware | Interior Doors | Aluminum Windows and Doors
2nd June, 2015 - Waikato

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