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One of the richest agricultural and pastoral areas of the world, the Waikato is home to New Zealand’s famous dairy and thoroughbred horse racing industries and base for many agri-businesses and research institutes.

The area was named after New Zealand’s longest river. The Waikato River winds 425 kilometres from Lake Taupo on the Central Plateau to the Tasman sea.

Statistics

Population

Waikato: 403,161
Hamilton City: 141,615

% born outside NZ:

18%

Average house price March 2016:

$378,903

Median wage

$44,876

The region’s largest city is Hamilton, with a population of over 141,000 New Zealand’s fourth largest city, lies about an hour and a half’s drive south of Auckland.

Hamilton is spoilt for choice for places to relax and enjoy. The city is home to some of the most spectacular gardens in the country, including the international award-winning Hamilton Gardens, an internationally recognised zoo, one of New Zealand’s largest aquatic centres, and world-class international sports stadiums and event facilities. Extensive walkways and cycleways link our residential areas to the beautiful Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river, which flows right through the city. Hamilton’s south end boasts an arts and cultural precinct, with inspiring exhibitions at the Waikato Museum, music and theatre, and an impressive selection of cafés, bars and award-winning restaurants.

Hamilton’s proximity to the ports of both Auckland and Tauranga, close access to two airports (Auckland and Hamilton) and strategic location on the road and rail networks provide significant opportunities for export and import.

Before European settlement, the Waikato was heavily populated by Māori. Today, Hamilton is diverse, home to over 80 ethnic groups. It is also a relatively ‘young city’ with around half its residents under 30 years old.

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Bike Trails New Zealand

Trail and mountain bike cycling is fastly  becoming the most widespread form of cycling. which includes recreational trail biking, mountain bike (MTB ) , e-bike cycling  and competition MTB riding .

Dedicated Ebikes and  mountain  bikes are  the fastest growing category of cycling today as road cycling is considered as a risky recreational  activity  with more and more cars on the already congested roads.

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