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More about Tuakau and the Waikato district

Tuakau snapshot

Tuakau was established in 1840, close to the banks of the Waikato River. It’s 10 kilometres (km) south of Pukekohe and just nine kilometres west of Pokeno. Tuakau has over 4,000 people living in there (4,182 – Census March 2013) – up by more than 500 on the last Census. This higher than average growth rate could see Tuakua’s population almost double by 2031.

The town has lovely rural outlooks and a great outdoor environment. Tuakau enjoys a slower pace of life but it also offers proximity to larger centres, with relatively short travel times to Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga. 

Being near the Waikato Expressway is a key advantage in relation to the town’s development. The Expressway is the major four-lane state highway roading network linking Auckland to Hamilton and further south. The Expressway is 10 minutes away from Tuakau, meaning the seaside city of Tauranga is just two hours’ drive to the east while Hamilton, New Zealand’s largest inland city, is only 60 minutes south.

So it’s no surprise that Tuakau is becoming increasingly popular as a place to live and a place to work or do business in, with a number of infrastructural improvements planned for the town to cope with growth, in relation to both residential and industrial zones and available land.

Amenities and services

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

  • Broadband available
  • Tuakau Library
  • Three churches
  • Tuakau Memorial Hall
  • Sports clubs and venues
  • Tuakau bus services (inter-regional only)
  • One medical centre, one dentist
  • Elderly care – Amberley Park Lifestyle Village
  • Local governance via the Waikato District Council and the Onewhero-Tuakau Community Board. 

Nearest other amenities and services outside Tuakau:

  • Another library in Pukekohe
  • Other medical centres and dentists including an after-hours emergency service at Pukekohe via the Pukekohe Family Health Care Centre
  • Closest hospital: Middlemore Hospital 40km away in Auckland
  • Another retirement home/village 15 minutes away in Pukekohe
  • The closest train station is at Pukekohe, 10km away. A train trip from Pukekohe to the centre of Auckland city takes just over one hour.


Tuakau has one playcentre and one kindergarten plus two primary schools (years 1 to 6). Intermediate and high school education is provided by one secondary school, Tuakau College (years 7 to 13). Many children travel from outlying areas travel into Tuakau to school by publicly funded bus.

More about Tuakau 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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