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 6,000 people live in the town (6,621 – Census 2018). 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. The town is 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

Waikato District Council in Ngaruawahia

Ngaruawahia office (Head Office)
Phone: 0800 492 452
15 Galileo Street, Ngaruawahia 3720
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8am - 5pm, Friday 9am - 5pm
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Ngaruawahia library
Phone: 07 824 5905
4 Jesmond Street, Ngaruawahia 3720
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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

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