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 2,00 people live there (2,220 – Census 2018). 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.