The Waikato region is known for its natural beauty, rich Māori culture, and agricultural heritage with something to offer visitors of all interests.

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Te Whatu Ora | Waikato

The Waikato District spans over 21,000 square kilometers, has a population of more than 425,000 and employs over 8000 people. It extends from the northern Coromandel region to an area close to Mt Ruapehu in the south and from Raglan on the west coast to Waihi on the east coast.

59% of our population is defined as living in urban areas, and 41% in rural areas. And 23% of our population is Māori (compared to the national average of 16%).

The principal iwi (Māori tribal groups) in the Waikato district are Hauraki, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa, and Waikato. Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Whanganui iwi groups also reside within the district, and a significant number of Māori living here affiliate to iwi outside the district.

There are 10 territorial local authorities within Waikato district boundaries – Hamilton City, Hauraki, Matamata-Piako, Otorohanga, (part of) Ruapehu, South Waikato, Thames-Coromandel, Waikato, Waipa, and Waitomo.

The Waikato Region

Waikato includes New Zealand’s longest river—the Waikato, plus internationally significant wetlands and over 1,000 kilometres of beautiful coastline. In the centre of Waikato is New Zealand's fourth largest city – Hamilton, which prides itself as a centre of education.

The Waikato region is located in the central North Island of New Zealand. It is bordered by Auckland to the north, Bay of Plenty to the east, Taranaki to the west, and Manawatu-Wanganui to the south. Overall, the Waikato region is a great place to live for its natural beauty, strong community, affordable housing, excellent education opportunities, and job prospects.

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Main Hospitals and Health Care Providers

  • Waikato Hospital
  • Thames Hospital
  • Te Kuiti Hospital
  • Taumarunui Hospital 
  • Tokoroa Hospital 
  • Southern Rural Health
  • Continuing Care
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Allied Health
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Services and Specialties

A to M

Ahikāroa – Community Housing Support Service
Allied Health
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
Cancer services
Cardiology, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery (CCTVS)
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Child Development Centre
Child Hearing Vision
Children's Health
Combined Stroke Service
Community Alcohol and Drugs (CADS)
Community and Southern Rural Health
Community Breastfeeding Support Service
Community Equipment & Supplies
Community Specialist Nurses
Consult Liaison
Continuing Care
Corporate and Performance Support
Crisis Assessment and Home Treatment (CAHT)
Critical Care
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Disability Support Services (DSS) 0 to 65
District Nursing
Health Improvement
Health of Older People (HOP)
Health Protection
Heart Failure
Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ICAMHS)
Inpatient Mental Health facilities
Intellectual Disability Dual Disorder Service (IDDS)
Manaaki Raatonga aa Iwi (formerly iRS)
Maternity Services
Meals on Wheels
Memory Service
Mental Health and Addictions
Mental Health Service for Older People (MHSOP)

N to Z

Newborn Hearing Screening
Occupational Therapy
Older Persons, Rehabilitation and Allied Health
Orthotic Services
Paediatric Surgery
Patient Blood Management
Perinatal Mental Health
Population and Public Health
Puawai: Midland Regional Forensic Psychiatric Service
Public Health Advisory and Development (PHAD)
Public Health Nurses
Radiation Therapy
Sexual Health
Sleep Clinic
Social Work
Southern Rural Health
Specialist Eating Disorders (SEDS)
Speech Language Therapy
START (Supported Transfer Accelerated Rehabilitation Team)
Strategy and Funding
Suicide Prevention and Postvention
Te Puna Oranga
Thames Family Health Team
Thames Hospital
Volunteering at Waikato DHB
Waikato Hospital
Waikato Regional Diabetes Service
Waikato Trauma Service
Women's Health
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Local Information

Rental agencies

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 Getting around

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