Pokeno is world famous for its ice cream shop
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Amenities and services
Education
More about Pokeno and the Waikato district

Pokeno snapshot

Pokeno is a small rural town in the north Waikato, just south of the Bombay Hills and only 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 nearly 2000 people (1,782 – Census March 2013), Pokeno is poised for further growth. Pukekohe is the nearest retail centre to Pokeno, just 15km away.

Pokeno’s position alongside the Waikato Expressway is a key advantage in relation to the town’s development. The Expressway is 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. 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!

Amenities and services

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

  • Broadband available
  • One church
  • Pokeno Hall
  • Sports clubs and sports and recreational venues: there are 12 hectares of dedicated sports parks reserves and wetlands. There are also walkways yet to be developed
  • Pokeno bus services (inter-regional only)
  • Local governance via the Waikato District Council and the Onewhero-Tuakau Community Board.

 Nearest other amenities and services outside Pokeno:

  • Libraries in Tuakau and Pukekohe
  • Medical centre in Tuakau
  • Other medical centres, dentists and an after-hours emergency service at Pukekohe via the Pukekohe Family Health Care Centre
  • Closest hospital: Middlemore Hospital 40km away in Auckland
  • Retirement homes/villages are in nearby Tuakau or 15 minutes away in Pukekohe
  • The closest train station is at Pukekohe. A train trip from Pukekohe to the centre of Auckland city takes just over one hour.

Education

Pokeno has one playcentre (for the under-fives) and one primary school (years 1 to 8), catering for children within the town and from nearby, including from Tuakau and lifestyle and farming properties. The primary school is expected to grow over the next few years. Most students go on to secondary education at the high school in neighbouring Tuakau, which caters for children from intermediate to high school level (years 7 to 13). 

More about Pokeno 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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