Key Sectors

The prosperity of the Waikato District relies on the strong foundations of the primary sector. Farming, energy and extractive industries provide a traditional employment base, however there is new demand for land and staff from clean air manufacturing, and high tec businesses that the need space the Waikato can offer. 

The Waikato District has 420,000 hectares of prime rural land which provides a strong foundation for our many small urban communities. In addition to dairy cows, beef cattle, sheep, deer, pigs and goats are all farmed in the district alongside more exotic breeds like ostrich, emus, alpacas and lamas.

Poultry farming is a major industry, supplying breeding stock, meat and fresh eggs. Crop growing and processing is a significant sector in the district’s economy, more than 20,000 tonnes of maize are harvested annually and more than 90,000 square metres of indoor vegetables.

Food Manufacturing

Nationally significant food processors choose the Waikato because of its proximity to primary producers, key freight infrastructure, and labour.

Open Country Dairy and Affco Meat Processors situated in Horitu, Synlait Dairy and Yashili Dairy in Pokeno. These organizations are large employers and major exporters of high quality food products. 


With a range of tourism activities to choose from, increasing numbers of domestic and international visitors are choosing the Waikato.

Discover the exciting activities, natural beauty and authentic experiences on offer by visiting Hamilton Waikato Tourism. 


Meridian Energy opened its Te Uku Wind Farm near Raglan in 2011, the site can supply power for up to 27 000 homes.

The Genesis Energy Huntly Power Station on the bank of the Waikato river is New Zealands largest thermal power station and is capable of supplying 31% of the country’s electricity needs.

Quarrying is particularly important in the Waikato. 18.8 tonnes of aggregate per resident is produced annually – the greatest in New Zealand.

The region accounts for 27% of the country’s overall employment in the sector and 19% of all business units.


A well-established motorsport cluster is thriving in the Waikato. The world class Hampton Downs Race Track is the 2020 venue for the V8 Supercars.

Nearby Huntly Speedway, Meremere Dragway, Jet boat Sprints, Thundercross Motocross Park and the Kawasaki Sand Track in Mercer provide a range of options for adrenaline seeking drivers and spectators.