The Waipā District lies at the heart of the Waikato region, and is home to around 53,600 residents.
Covering more than 1447km² and including some of New Zealand's most fertile land and water, the district of Waipā is centered on the urban hubs of Te Awamutu, Cambridge, Kihikihi, Pirongia, Ōhaupō, and Leamington.
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Our rural community makes the most of our rich soils with dairy farming, as well as sheep, beef and deer farming, thoroughbred horse studs and fruit production. the Waipā District's fine equestrian heritage is held in high regard worldwide.
We’re immensely proud of our farming and rural heritage, and are proud to host National Agricultural Fieldays, the largest annual agricultural exhibition of its kind in New Zealand that attracts visitors from all over world.
The Waipā district is home to Hamilton Airport [HLZ], and has a growing reputation as the home of high-performance sport with Rowing New Zealand, Cycling New Zealand, Triathlon New Zealand, and Canoe Racing New Zealand all based in Cambridge. You can find out more at gowaipa.com.
We feel most at home on the water, with our large hydro lakes used extensively for watersports and recreation including Lake Karāpiro, the home of New Zealand rowing and other water sports. The major Waipā and Waikato rivers flow though our district, and our smaller peat lakes are considered some of the best examples of their type in the world.
Interested in learning more about our region? Read the Waipā at a glance interactive report, which details our regional economy, population breakdown and more.