Welcome to Te Kauwhata

Welcome to the new site for Te Kauwhata : www.tekauwhatavillage.co.nz

Te Kauwhata is a small rural town with a population of 1030, situated in the picturesque rolling farmland, nestled on the edge of Lake Waikare, in the North Waikato- midway between Auckland and Hamilton (approximately 45 minutes drive either way).

Lake Waikare is the third largest lake in the North Island and is becoming a major tourist attraction of this town.

Te Kauwhata services a large rural area, taking in such districts as Waikaretu, Onewhero, Maramarua, Meremere, Waerenga, Ohinewai, Rangiriri, Naike and Glen Murray.

The township is presently in a very interesting development stage, with the new motorway upgrade, bringing many city people to live in the rural community while commuting to work, and being central. Te Kauwhata offers access to beach resorts in under an hour on either the West Coast or Thames/Coromandel peninsular.

Te Kauwhata boasts a huge range of interesting farming methods which include dairying, beef units, sheep and cattle, deer, ostrich/emu farming, fruit orchards, market gardening, horse studs, eel farming.

Cottage industries include greenstone carving, knitting, sewing, seedling nursery, herb garden/cottage teas, home stays, farm stays, and apple/grape juice production.

Four major events occur here in Te Kauwhata being, the Agricultural and Pastoral Show Day in December, (with wine, music, and arts and crafts), Te Kauwhata Market Day/Spring Festival in October (celebrating the beginning of spring), and the Christmas Parade in the Main Street (week before Christmas), NZ Rally in October.

As you venture into Te Kauwhata amid the rose festooned fence lines, a delightful view of Lake Waikare, surrounded by rolling hill country, will arrest your eyes.


Generous hospitality, mouth watering culinary delights, delightful wines, and a wealth of history will enhance your welcome. Come on in and sojourn with us and relish all that Te Kauwhata has to offer.

IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE - IN THE CENTRE OF EVERYTHING