Hauraki Inc. We’re creating a place where talent wants to live!
The Hauraki District Council's vision is for a District that encourages vibrant communities, provides a great lifestyle and fosters a positive climate for balanced, sustainable development.
Hauraki has much to offer families
With a lower cost of living and excellent climate, families can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, camping, sport and cycling on the Hauraki Rail Trail.
Our schools are of an excellent standard and we don’t have any traffic jams!
The Hauraki District offers breathtaking scenery and rural tranquility, award winning small towns show casing boutique shopping, personal, local and friendly service, outstanding native bush and excellent sports facilities. Coupled with our range of community facilities including swimming pools, halls, parks, reserves and playgrounds the Hauraki lifestyle enables the opportunity for a wonderful work life balance.
For the keen fishers within the Hauraki District there are four major rivers: Ohinemuri, Waitawheta, Waihou and Piako; and two coastlines: Whiritoa and the Kaiaua (Seabird) Coast. Of course we are also centrally located to many others.
The Karangahake Gorge hosts numerous tramps/walks of various lengths for all fitness levels featuring a number of historic sites, mining relics and natural beauty. Visit the Department of Conservation website to find out more about their campsites, tracks and huts.
View more about walks, tracks and cycle trails in Hauraki.
The Hauraki Rail Trail
The Hauraki Rail Trail has instantly become a very popular cycling track for people of all riding abilities. The trail is accessible from Paeroa, Waihi and Waikino as well as Te Aroha and Thames with trails ranging from 14km to 33km, taking in scenic views and attractions throughout the area, The Hauraki Rail Trail takes full advantage of our outdoor lifestyle, beautiful scenery and is in easy reach of our friendly local towns and facilities. See information about business opportunities with the Hauraki Rail Trail.
Paeroa Games and Highland Tattoo - Second Saturday in February
What started out as a small Pipe Bands Competition has grown over the years, and today is a fully-fledged Highland Games, one of only seven such Scottish gatherings in New Zealand, and the only one in New Zealand to hold an evening Tattoo. View the Paeroa Games and Highland Tattoo website .
V8 and Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet
A popular day for petrol heads and car enthusiasts. Beginning with a street parade of cars and bikes throughout Paeroa and gathering for the show and swap meet at the Paeroa Racecourse. A fun day for all the family with stalls, music and of course the wonderful vehicles.
Waihi's Warm Up Party for the Beach Hop
Hot rods and classic cars fill the township of Waihi, where the streets are closed and full of people, music and entertainment.
The Nugget Multisport Event
The event takes place in and around the iconic township of Waihi and combines mountain biking, off-road running, paddling and road cycling with various individual and team options. Visit The Nugget website for more information.
Echo Walking Festival
A range of guided walks around the region for all levels of fitness. Some walks require bookings as numbers are limited. Visit the Echo Walking Festival website for details and descriptions of walks.
Art Waikino - Labour Weekend
ART Waikino is now recognised as a major art exhibition hosting artists from the area and around New Zealand. Paintings, craft, photos and mosaics.
Paeroa Christmas Lights Show - December
This is a community based project, designed to spread Christmas cheer throughout the Paeroa region, run by Paeroa volunteers at the Paeroa Maritime Museum and Park. Visit the Paeroa Christmas website for details on the show which runs from the middle to the end of December each year.
Waihi Arts Centre & Museum
54 Kenny St, Waihi
The Waihi Arts Centre and Museum operates as a place for the collection, display and preservation of items of historical interest to the Waihi District, particularly items relating to the underground mining history of the area.
Paeroa Historic Maritime Museum & Park
Puke Rd North (beside the Puke Bridge), SH2, Paeroa
The Paeroa Historic Maritime Museum & Park is housed in this historic building is one of the best displays of NZ and local maritime history including Captain Cook, The Northern Steamship Co., Naval displays and many scale replicas of vessels. Open at weekends and by appointment.
Paeroa & District Historical Society Museum
37 Belmont Road, Paeroa
The Paeroa & District Historical Society Museum carries an extensive photographic display and complete issues of the Paeroa Gazette from 1896 to 1996, as well as supporting books and magazines, and its own annual publication The Ohinemuri Regional Historical Journal. Other areas of interest include a collection of more than 500 pieces of Royal Albert porcelain, local Maori and European artefacts, the Dufty Shell Collection, and a display of shops c.1910. They provide a complete picture of the development of the town and surrounding districts.