Why invest in South Waikato?

A collaborative, pro-business council, affordable real estate, space, an eager workforce and a reliable freight hub make South Waikato the place for business.

Whether you’re a start-up or a multi-national, you’ll find the space for your business in South Waikato.

All of the region’s towns have commercial property and land options that are more affordable than comparable sites in major centres. The central location puts you close to Tauranga, Hamilton and Auckland. And there’s a fast rail link to the ports around the North Island.

Some of the world’s largest companies, including Coca-Cola Amital and OJI Fibre Solutions, are here.

Business investment in Waikato

What you need to know

There are a number of different business investment opportunities in the South Waikato.

While Forestry, Agriculture and Engineering are our key industries there’s a lot of activity going on in other sectors as well.

The natural beauty of the area, with its lakes and river, provides ample scope for establishing a successful tourism business.

The town of Tirau, located on State Highway One, has become a must-visit location for local and overseas tourists. With that comes the opportunity for high-end retail.

All of the region’s towns (Tirau, Putaruru and Tokoroa) are ideal locations to set up small businesses, whether it be IT, retail or hospitality.

If you’re operating on a larger scale, there are a range of major development opportunities, including the Buttermilk development site in Putaruru and the Maraetai Road site in Tokoroa.

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Where Exactly?

South Waikato is perfectly positioned for business. It sits between Hamilton and Taupo, with State Highway One going through the three largest towns in the region. It’s close to most of the North Island’s major cities: Hamilton and Tauranga are an hour’s drive away, Auckland just over two.

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