Horotiu is a small rural town based just off State Highway 1, 8 kilometres (km) north of Hamilton and about 9km south of Ngaruawahia. As well as being an outlying suburb of the city, Horotiu is home to Northgate, a significant business park covering 109 hectares.
Nearly 700 people live in Horotiu (624 – Census 2018). The town is also connected to Hamilton by the Te Awa River Ride. The Ride is a recently-created $1.5 million boardwalk for walking, running and cycling, Its development is ongoing, with further stages along the Waikato River.
The business park’s location in Horotiu is ideal due to its exceptional major road and rail links, especially as the park is only 120 kilometres (km) from the ports of Auckland and Tauranga. Another significant employer in the area is AFFCO. AFFCO’s head office and one of its many meat processing facilities is based in Horotiu. This facility is one of the most modern beef processing plants in the southern hemisphere.