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Tamahere snapshot
Amenities and services
More about Tamahere and the Waikato district

Tamahere snapshot

The Tamahere community lies on the outskirts of Hamilton, right on the city’s south-eastern doorstep. It’s a high growth area right near the new Waikato Expressway, an important transport link which runs from Cambridge in the south to the Bombay Hills in the north. 

Almost 6,000 people live in the Tamahere/Tauwhare areas (5,631 – Census March 2013), which has evolved from a farming area to a combination of smaller intensive horticultural and lifestyle blocks. Development pressures from the city’s boundaries into this adjoining catchment have led to challenges to provide sufficient infrastructure to support ongoing growth. 

The ‘Future Proof’ partnership is one approach dealing with this and the ongoing development of the Waikato Expressway through to Cambridge is also making this area more attractive to live in for those working in Hamilton or Cambridge. The Expressway is the major four-lane state highway roading network linking Auckland to Hamilton and further south and it runs directly through the centre of Tamahere.

Amenities and services

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

  • Broadband available
  • St Stephen’s Anglican Church – (also the venue for the popular Tamahere monthly market – third Saturday of the month)
  • Tamahere Community Hall. Sports clubs and venues – golf, tennis, bowling
  • Tamahere bus services (limited town/also inter-regional)
  • Elderly care – Tamahere Eventide Home and Retirement Village
  • Close to Waikato Hospital (in Hamilton)
  • Local governance via the Waikato District Council and the Tamahere Community Board.

Nearest other amenities and services outside Tamahere:

Medical centres and other healthcare facilities – a wide selection available in nearby Hamilton.


The Tamahere area has a number of educational facilities. Playcentres include the Tamahere Playcentre and Waikato Montessori Education Centre. It is also home to Tamahere Model Country School (est.1884) which caters for up to 400 children, years 1 to 6. Other excellent primary schools at Tauwhare and Matangi offer smaller rolls.

Students from Tamahere usually travel the short distance into either Hamilton or Cambridge to attend intermediate and high schools.

More about Tamahere and the Waikato district

Note: Another alternative is the Hamilton City/Hillcrest route which takes you to south edge of town (Riverlea). From this point it is a short walk to the northernmost parts of Tamahere via Newell Road. 

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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