Pokeno is a small town in the north Waikato, just south of the Bombay Hills and a short drive from New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. It’s located 53 kilometres (km) south of central Auckland and just 72km north of Hamilton. Home to over 2000 people (2,517 – Census 2018), Pokeno is poised for further growth.
Pokeno’s position alongside the Waikato Expressway is a key advantage in relation to the town’s development. The town has excellent access to the Expressway, both north and south. At one end of the township is the Queen’s Redoubt, a major colonial military headquarters in the Waikato land wars of the 1860s.
A recent Structure Plan for Pokeno, completed by Waikato District Council, has been developed to manage huge growth in this town through new residential, business, industrial and recreation zonings. Many new houses are being built here and it is becoming a hub for new industry. Pokeno is also a popular resting point for motorists. Many of them visit Pokeno for its world-famous ice creams or flavoursome Pokeno bacon and sausages!