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What's so special about our place?


Our district has everything you need and so much more on your doorstep with beaches, mountains and trails easily within reach and just waiting for you to explore. So follow your heart and read on, we’d love to show you why it’s so special.

The Hauraki District stretches from the shelly beaches of Kaiaua and Pukorokoro / Miranda along the Firth of Thames in Tikapa Moana (the Hauraki Gulf) to the white sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean at Whiritoa.

Between the coasts lies the rich reclaimed dairy lands of the Hauraki Plains, the rugged beauty of the Karangahake Gorge and Kaimai/Coromandel ranges, and the rolling farmlands of the Golden Valley. Our district lies within the rohe of the iwi of Hauraki, stretching from Matakana in the north to Matakana Island in the south.

Dramatic scenery and rural tranquility, arts, crafts, cafés and restaurants, history and heritage, and excellent sports facilities are all to be found in our district. Our range of community facilities includes swimming pools, halls, parks and reserves as well as a full range of utilities.

Our district is divided into three wards; Waihi, Paeroa, the Plains. Our three most populated towns are Paeroa, Ngatea and Waihi.

Each ward is made up of geographical areas called census area units. These ward areas and census area units are shown on the map below.


Our district’s climate is relatively moderate, with warm summers and moderate winters. The district has a fairly high rainfall although it varies across the District depending on location and topography.

We are part of the Waikato region and are located within New Zealand’s economic ‘golden triangle’ being only an hour drive from the cities of Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga. Our total area is 1,269 square kilometres, and our population is 21,400 (Statistics New Zealand, 2020).

See also: Paeroa Ward | Plains Ward | Waihi Ward 

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Where we do business

We have several industries within the Hauraki District.

With a rich history of farming throughout the district, a lot of businesses have grown in supporting and servicing the farming industry. A large number of light engineering firms also support and service the farming and transport industries.

Mining has been a key industry for the district since the late 1800's. Current mining activities include the well-known open pit Martha Mine in Waihi town centre, along with a number of underground mines, located close to the town.

Our district's natural beauty, combined with the easy to ride Hauraki Rail Trail, helped to grow the district's tourism industry.

We are also branching out into the horticultural industry with a number of kiwifruit orchards, some flower growing, grapes and cropping. 

Manufacturing businesses produce a wide range of products including electronic equipment, press metal work, furniture, farm accessories, trellis, timber, concrete, roading aggregate and meat products. The main urban centres have an ever increasing selection of retail outlets and eateries.

Industry proportion of GDP in 2019 (by broad industry type)

Industry Hauraki 2019


Quick Facts

Total area 1,269 square kilometresOur total area is 
square kilometres


Estimated population 21,400

Estimated population 
at June 2020


Estimated population increase by 2031 +1,230

Estimated population increase
by 2031 ⇧1,230
Paeroa +400
Waihi   +330
Ngatea +100


Average house value $457,000

the average house value (2019)
Average annual increase
since 2015


7,699 filled
Jobs 7,699 filled in 2019in 2019
⇧1.9% from 2018
Since 2009 most jobs created in
accommodation and food
services, health care and
social assistance, and public


 occupied dwellings

Occupied dwellings
from 88%
in 2013
to 90% in 2018 
More permanent homes and
less holiday homes


Hauraki District Economic & Community Profiles:

infometrics econ profile

Infometrics community profile


The unique history of our farming industry began with the settlement of returned soldiers from the first and second world wars in the early 20th century. The main mode of transport was via steamboats that docked along the wharves of the Piako River ferrying settlers and equipment to develop the land into what is now one of New Zealand’s richest dairy farming regions.

In 1908, the Land Drainage Act provided for extensive land drainage work to be undertaken on the Hauraki Plains. In 1910, 6,600 hectares was made available in Hauraki for settlement and by 1930 around 17,400 hectares of Crown land had been opened up for farming. Today, over 1,000 kilometres of drains and canals, together with many kilometres of stopbanks and floodgates protect 64,700 hectares of farmland.

Dairy farming has traditionally been the principle type of agriculture within the Hauraki District. Due to the flat land and rich peat soil combined with a mild climate and moderate rainfall, it is likely to be for years to come.

There's gold in them thar hills

Mining in the Hauraki district spans three centuries. Gold was discovered in the 1800’s and mined underground in the first half of the 1900’s. Mining in the Karangahake Gorge was closed in 1939 after 57, 000 ounces (1.56 tonnes) of gold had been won. Now part of the Kaimai Mamaku Conservation Park, the history and natural beauty can be accessed through a variety of walks.

The last half of the 1900’s focused in exploration, development and mining of the Waihi Martha Mine open pit. In the 2000s the open pit continued to operate while the Favona underground mine was developed – at the end of 2004 – and the Trio underground mine began construction activities in 2010. Correnso underground mine began in 2014 and is still operating today.

The mines in Waihi are some of only a handful of mines in the developed world that operate within an established residential community. A big part of the mine’s success and on-going development is its relationship with the surrounding community and the Hauraki District Council.

According to Oceana Gold, their mines in Waihi produced around 19,775 ounces of gold in 2020 . These mines contribute significantly to the Hauraki District’s economy; the mining activity in Waihi contributes approximately 25% of Waihi’s GDP.

Karangahake Gorge

Stay and Explore

The Hauraki District is home to a diverse natural landscape and a hive of local activity. Containing acres of native forest, idyllic coastline, rolling rural hills and plains and the wide Waihou River.

The environment offers myriad opportunities to interact with the area; through hunting and gathering, discovering delicious locally grown produce or adventuring in the wilderness. Explore the area’s artistic, cultural and historical landscape by spending time getting to know the friendly locals and their diverse communities. There are so many ways to appreciate and enjoy the magical expanse of our district.

Mining relics Karangahake

To help you get started there are several websites to help you follow your heart:

HDC Calendar of Events
Positive Paeroa
Positively Promoting the Plains
Go Waihi
Destination Coromandel 
Department of Conservation



The Hauraki District has an approximate total population of 20,022*.  Distribution of the population within the three wards:

Waihi 7,551
Paeroa 6,114
Hauraki Plains 6,354

* Statistics New Zealand 2018. 


Education is an important part of our wellbeing, and the Hauraki District provides a range of education facilities to meet your educational needs.

A range of early learning providers and organisations including Kōhanga Reo, Playcentre, Barnardos and other early childhood learning centres.

There are close to 20 primary schools located throughout the district from small rural schools to larger urban schools.

There are three secondary schools in the District which are located in Waihi, Paeroa and Ngatea.

Waihi College
Paeroa College
Hauraki Plains College

Wintec provides tertiary level education for school leavers and adult learning, with campus and off campus options. International students are also welcome in the Hauraki District, with a range of opportunities available.

You can search for schools near you on the Ministry of Education website.

Sports Clubs

There are a range of sports clubs throughout the district providing sporting opportunities for young and old. Clubs include rugby, netball, soccer, cricket, touch rugby, golf and hockey.

Other specialist sports include rowing, athletics, tennis, waka ama, squash, croquet, martial arts and badminton and are available in some parts of the district. Check out the Sport Waikato website for a list of clubs in our district.