Ngaruawahia town

Ngaruawahia is situated north of Hamilton, a short drive along the Waikato Expressway. The town is at the base of the stunning Hakarimata Ranges,where the Waikato and Waipa rivers meet. Maaori used these rivers as vital transport and trading routes, as did European settlers.

Over 5,000 people live in the town (5,127 – Census March 2013). Ngaruawahia is also home to Turangawaewae Marae, a nationally significant marae which is the headquarters for the Maaori King Movement (Te Kıingitanga). The marae is open to the public only one day a year – during the annual March regatta, where traditional war canoes (waka) parade on the Waikato River.

The town has a strong sense of community, based around a range of sporting and other activities. A Christian Youth Camps’ 38 hectare site set between the Hakarimata Scenic Reserve and the Waipa River accommodates up to 480 people and offers a huge range of activities. 

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 planned along the Waikato River.

Ngaruawahia is within just a few minutes from the Waikato Expressway, the major four-lane state highway roading network linking Auckland to Hamilton and further south. The town has excellent access to the Expressway, both north and south, particularly since a new section of the Expressway (connecting Hamilton and Taupiri just north of Ngaruawahia) was opened in December 2013.

Amenities and services

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

  • Fibre broadband available
  • Ngaruawahia Library
  • Five churches
  • Ngaruawahia War Memorial Hall
  • Sports clubs and venues, including a golf club
  • Ngaruawahia bus services (inter-regional only)
  • Two medical centres, one dentist
  • Close to Waikato Hospital (in Hamilton)
  • Local governance via the Waikato District Council and the Ngaruawahia Community Board.


Ngaruawahia has three playcentres/kindergartens, five primary schools and a secondary school.

More about Ngaruawahia and the Waikato district

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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