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Our region’s boundaries

The Waikato is the fourth largest region in New Zealand, covering 25,000 square kilometres. It stretches from the Bombay Hills and Port Waikato in the north down to the Kaimai Ranges and Mt Ruapehu in the south, and from Mokau on the west coast across to the Coromandel Peninsula in the east.

We have one city (Hamilton) and 10 districts, three of which lie across the regional boundary.

In 2006, 382,716 people lived in the Waikato region – about three quarters of them in urban areas1. Our region contains:

  • the longest river in New Zealand (the Waikato River)
  • the largest lake (Lake Taupō)
  • internationally significant wetlands
  • the country’s most important geothermal systems
  • extensive native and exotic forests, and
  • Tongariro National Park.

Find out where the local authority boundaries are on our map below. Contact details for the relevant local authorities are on the table below the map.  You can also check out our maps of our region's coastal marine areas to see where our region's boundary extends offshore.

Regional map showing district boundaries and Māori translations

District council Contact details
Hamilton City Council(external link) Private Bag 3010
Hamilton 3240
Ph: (07) 838 6699
Fax: (07) 838 6599
Email: info@hcc.govt.nz

Hauraki District Council(external link)

P O Box 17
Paeroa 3600
Ph: (07) 862 8609
Fax: (07) 862 8607
Email: info@hauraki-dc.govt.nz
Matamata-Piako District Council(external link) P O Box 266
35 Kenrick Street
Te Aroha
Ph: (07) 884 0060 or (07)881 9050
Email: info@mpdc.govt.nz

Otorohanga District Council(external link)

P O Box 11
Maniapoto Street
Otorohanga
Ph: (07) 873 8199
Fax: (07) 873 7991
Email: info@otodc.govt.nz
Rotorua District Council(external link) Private Bag 3029
Rotorua Mail Centre
Rotorua 3046
Ph: (07) 348 4199
Fax: (07) 346 3143
Email: mail@rdc.govt.nz

South Waikato District Council(external link)

Private Bag 7
Tokoroa 2392
Ph: (07) 885 0340
Fax: (07) 885 0718
Email: info@southwaikato.govt.nz
Taupō District Council(external link) Private Bag 2005
Taupō 3352
Ph: (07) 376 0899
Fax: (07) 378 0118
Email: general@taupo.govt.nz

Thames-Coromandel District Council(external link)

Private Bag
Thames
Ph: (07) 868 0200
Fax: (07) 868 0234
Email: customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz
Waikato District Council(external link) Private Bag 544
Ngaruawahia
Ph: (07) 824-8633
Fax: (07) 824-5808
Email: customerfirst@waidc.govt.nz

Waipa District Council(external link)

Private Bag 2402
Te Awamutu
Ph: (07) 872 0030
Fax: (07) 872 0033
Email: info@waipadc.govt.nz
Waitomo District Council(external link) P O Box 404
Te Kuiti
Ph: (07) 878 0800
Fax: (07) 878 7771
Email: waitomodc@waitomo.govt.nz
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