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A melting pot of cultures and personalities.

A melting pot of cultures and personalities.

What really sets the Waikato apart is its people. Being in the cultural heart of Aotearoa New Zealand means your experience will be enriched by opportunities to learn about tikanga Māori (our indigenous custom and values) and its place in our past, present and future.

Waikato is also home to a melting pot of cultures from all corners of the world, in fact, one in five people living in the Waikato were born overseas. Chances are you’ll find your favourite dish, hear a familiar language and make new friends and learn about other cultures. The diversity is reflected in the local arts, festivals, music and food.

You’ll love the people of the Waikato.

Watch how the Mighty Waikato has ‘All the best of New Zealand Aotearoa.’