Taupiri mountain

Taupiri is a small north Waikato settlement seven kilometres (km) on the eastern bank of the Waikato River, north of the town of Ngaruawahia and 8.5km south of Huntly. Over 400 people live there (417 – Census March 2013). Its closest cities are Hamilton (25km to the south) and Auckland (100km to the north).

Taupiri is also at the foot of Taupiri Mountain (Taupiri Maunga) – known as ‘Taupiri-Kuao – The embracing mountain’. This mountain is sacred to Waikato-Tainui and their tribal identity. The mountain is the final resting place for the Maaori Royal Family and many prominent Maaori have been laid to rest there. Taupiri Mountain has been a sacred (tapu) burial ground for the Waikato Tainui iwi since the death of Chief Te Putu, who built Taupiri paa on the summit of a spur of Mt Taupiri in the 1600s. 

Taupiri’s position alongside the Waikato Expressway means it is an attractive place to live for people working in either Auckland or Hamilton and places in between.

Waikato District Council in Taupiri

The nearest offices and libraries are located in Ngaruawahia or Huntly. 

Ngaruawahia office (Head Office)
Phone: 0800 492 452
15 Galileo Street, Ngaruawahia 3720
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Ngaruawahia library
Phone: 07 824 5905
4 Jesmond Street, Ngaruawahia
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Huntly office and library
Phone: 07 828 8539
142 Main Street, Huntly 3700
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Amenities and services

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

  • Broadband available
  • One church – Christ Church Anglican Church. (Although its services were discontinued in 1992, it is still available for weddings. It has a NZ Historic Trust Category 2 listing)
  • Taupiri War Memorial Hall. Sports clubs and venues
  • Taupiri bus services
  • Local governance via the Waikato District Council and the Taupiri Community Board. 


One playcentre. One school which provides both primary and secondary education.
There are also other playcentres, primary and secondary schools nearby in Ngaruawahia, Huntly and Hamilton.

More about Taupiri and the Waikato district

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