Business & Economy
Kaipakihi me te Taiōhanga
Our goal is to support local business to thrive and to encourage new business into the district. We also want to ensure there are opportunities for local employment and training.
We are your first point of call if you are wanting to start a business, move your business to Hauraki or grow your business. We can make sure you are talking to the right people and getting the information you need to make decisions.
If you would like to discuss business in the Hauraki District, you can:
- email our dedicated Community Development Advisor (Economic), Rebecca Jenks, or
- Telephone: (07) 862 8609 or 0800 734 834 (from within district)
Part of Waikato, Hauraki’s location is within New Zealand’s ‘golden triangle’, located just an hour drive from the cities of Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga. Watch our video to understand what’s special about our place.
Economic development support
Council has a dedicated staff member to support you and your business find the contacts you need. We can also help work with you through Council’s regulatory processes if you need it.
We want to see your business succeed, so contact us to see how we can help.
Email our Community Development Advisor (Economic), Rebecca Jenks, or Telephone: (07) 862 8609 or 0800 734 834 (from within district)
Hauraki Rail Trail Business Opportunities
Situated less than two hours from Auckland, the Hauraki Rail Trail’s increasing popularity every year has proven to be a dependable tourist and domestic destination. The Hauraki Rail Trail is home to a wide variety of different businesses including accommodation, restaurants, cafes and bars, mineral spas and galleries to name a few.
Business opportunities are available for service and accommodation providers in partnership with the Hauraki Rail Trail.
To discuss your business idea on the Hauraki Rail Trail contact:
- Rebecca Jenks, our Community Development Advisor (Economic), or
- Diane Drummond, CEO of the Hauraki Rail Trail Trust.
Depending on your location and type of business, you may need a consent or licence before you start, so get the information you need to get you started. Send us an email or call us on (07) 862 8609 or 0800 734 834 (from within district) and ask to speak to a duty planner about your business idea.
You can find out the latest Hauraki Rail Train information via the Hauraki Rail Trail, New Zealand - Official Website
Destination Hauraki Coromandel Trust
If you are considering starting your own tourism related business, Destination Hauraki Coromandel, our regional tourism organisation, are a great source of information on all things tourism. Check out their website here.
Soda Inc – Regional Business Partner
As the Waikato’s Regional Business Partner provider, Soda have specialist Business Growth Advisors available to help business owners and key managers identify needs and opportunities to grow their business.
Their Business Growth Advisors can help you identify the challenges and opportunities facing your business to help tailor a best-fit solution.
More information at Business Growth (sodainc.com).
Te Waka is the regional economic development agency for the Waikato.
Formally established on 6 July 2018, Te Waka is a business-led and governed organisation, established to drive economic growth in the Waikato.
Te Waka is all about helping the Waikato reach its full potential with objectives to:
- Lift economic performance across the Waikato region.
- Attract, retain and grow investment, talent and business across the region.
- Champion and lead the region’s collective voices for economic and business needs and opportunities.
They work in partnership with existing economic development, iwi, business, government and community organisations to get things done and to unearth opportunities that will lead to jobs, prosperity and sustainable economic growth for everybody, thereby improving well-being for all communities.
They also host a toolkit for business which includes images and infographics.
Tools and expert advice from government and industry, designed to help Kiwi business save time and succeed via business.govt.nz
Looking for a job, or are you an employer looking for employees? Gr8 Job Hauraki can help.
Working closely with our local business community and driving employment opportunities in our district, we’re dedicated to finding the perfect it for both parties.
Our District offers a fantastic choice of events for everyone. Find them on our Event Calendar.
Planning an event in the Hauraki District? Contact our dedicated District Events Coordinator to find out all you need to know about planning an event in the Hauraki District.
- by email or
- phone: (07) 862 8609 or 0800 734 834 (from within district)
The Hauraki District offers breath-taking scenery and rural tranquility, award winning small towns showcasing boutique shopping, personal, local and friendly service, outstanding native bush and excellent sports facilities. Coupled with our range of community facilities including
The Hauraki lifestyle enables the opportunity for a wonderful work life balance for families and individuals.
Tramping and Cycling
Hauraki’s Karangahake Gorge hosts a variety of tramps and walks for all fitness levels featuring historic sites, mining relics and natural beauty. You can find more information on the Karangahake Gorge on the Destination Hauraki Coromandel website and check out the Department of Conservation website for track updates, campsites, tracks and huts available!
Another amazing way to see our stunning scenery is on two wheels and our jewel in the crown of the cycling community is the Hauraki Rail Trail. Following the path of historic railway lines, the Hauraki Rail Trail is described as one of the easiest and most popular cycle trails in New Zealand. Totaling 197 kilometers in 5 sections, this track can be enjoyed in small rides, day trips or a 4-5 day adventure. There’s a ride for everyone.
We are ideally placed for keen fishers within Hauraki as there are four main rivers in the District: Ōhinemuri, Waitāwheta, Waihou and Piako. Along with two coastlines: Whiritoa and the Kaiaua (Seabird) Coast, there are plenty of opportunities to cast your line, but check the Fish & Game New Zealand website to see if you need a licence before you fish.
We LOVEHAURAKI and are proud of all that Hauraki businesses and community organisations have to offer. From restaurants to re-use centres, you’ll find it in Hauraki.
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Hauraki District Council currently enjoys an excellent sister city relationship with the Jiading District in Shanghai. We see this as an excellent portal into one of the world’s key markets.
View the Jiading District website.
Te Waka have refreshed their biannual sentiment survey to improve understanding of business confidence and priorities in the Waikato region. This survey, conducted in November 2022, reflects a business community that is backing itself to perform in a challenging business environment marked by cost pressures, skills shortages, and ongoing supply chain challenges.