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. 

In the early 1800s, European traders ventured inland and used the river as transport. Mission stations, churches and schools were built. More settlers arrived and the land was subdivided into farming lots. 

The town’s community and industry grew, adding a sawmill, a flaxmill, a dairy/butter factory, a butcher and a baker along with sports clubs and community halls.

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. The Expressway is the major four-lane state highway roading network linking Auckland to Hamilton and further south. Taupiri’s two roundabouts were an early feature of the Expressway. They now connect the Ngaruawahia section of the Expressway (completed in December 2013) to the north and will eventually connect with the Huntly section when that is completed in 2019.

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. 

Nearest other amenities and services outside Taupiri: 

There are libraries nearby in Ngaruawahia and Huntly.

Other medical centres and healthcare facilities are also available in the Ngaruawahia, Huntly and Hamilton. Hospitals are available in Hamilton or Auckland. 


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

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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