Te Kauwhata town

Te Kauwhata, a village of over 1,500 residents (1,617 – Census 2018). The township is surrounded by dairy farms, drystock holdings and horticulture. Its newest building is its Waikato District Council library. Originally known as Wairangi, Te Kauwhata grew around a railway station built in the late 1870s.

The first home of the New Zealand wine industry, the Viticultural Research Station was the site of an experimental farm, growing Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling grapes.  International viticulturalist Romeo Bragato took over the running of this station in 1901 and five wines produced here won gold medals. 

Just south of Te Kauwhata, is the site of one of the fiercest battles of the New Zealand land wars, fought at Rangiriri on 20 November 1863. Maaori built an exceptionally strong paa there, and when the British forces attacked many men lost their lives. Part of the paa site is now a historic reserve.

Te Kauwhata's natural features include Lake Waikare and the Whangamarino wetlands, a significant environmental feature in the north Waikato. Located just north of the township, the Whangamarino wetlands area is the second largest peat bog and swamp complex in the North Island. Established as a Ramsar site in 1989, this wetlands area has been developed further since the late 1990s. It is managed by the Department of Conservation it is the site of the first National Wetland Trail established in New Zealand.

Waikato District Council in Te Kauwhata

Te Kauwhata office and library
Phone: 07 826 4820
1 Main Road, Te Kauwhata
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Amenities and services

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

  • Broadband available
  • Four churches
  • Te Kauwhata Lions’ RSA Hall
  • Te Kauwhata Library
  • One medical centre
  • Sports clubs and venues – including golf, rugby, netball, squash, cricket, tennis, swimming, bowling, community fitness centre
  • Te Kauwhata bus services (inter-regional only)
  • Elderly care – Aparangi Retirement Village, comprising large individual houses, smaller apartments and flats and a care unit certified to hospital standard
  • Local governance via the Waikato District Council and the Te Kauwhata Community Committee.
Nearest other amenities and services outside Te Kauwhata:

Other medical centres and healthcare facilities are also available in the town of Huntly, 20km to the south. Hospitals are available in Hamilton or Auckland. 


There are three early childhood learning centres in Te Kauwhata, one primary school (years 1 to 6) and one secondary school (years 7 to 13). 

More about Te Kauwhata and the Waikato district

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