Finding us

Come on a quick tour of our region

The North King Country is a friendly, progressive community in the central North Island of New Zealand, Visualise green hills, towns nestled into sunny valleys, smaller settlements and farmhouses connected by good roads, and a snow-capped mountain in the background.

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You’ll see the two main towns in our area – Te Kuiti and Otorohanga.

Te Kuiti township (almost 5000 people and centre of the Waitomo District), is a busy rural servicing town with a good range of retail outlets and light industries, schools and community organisations,

In Te Kuiti you’ll find a 17-bed rural hospital, plus a range of other public, private and community trust health services including general practice, aged care, allied health, district nursing, mental health, care workers, paramedics and midwives, mainly based in Te Kuiti and serving the wider Waitomo district.

The other main town in North King Country is Otorohanga (about 3500 people), located on the State Highway between Te Kuiti and Hamilton. It’s a bustling and picturesque town that is the centre of the Otorohanga District, and is also the “Kiwiana” capital of New Zealand. It has a number of health service providers and is an important part of the North King Country health community.

North King Country covers an area from the beautiful west coastline (settlements like Kawhia, Marakopa, Awakino and Mokau) as well as farming communities like Piopio and Bennydale.

We are home to the amazing Waitomo Caves – massive natural limestone caverns adorned with stalactites and stalagmites and lit up by glow-worms overhead – a top tourist attraction.

You can learn more about North King Country, what it looks like and our local communities in the Living Here section of this website – there’s a photo gallery and links to other websites of interest.

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You’ll see we are not isolated or remote – one of New Zealand’s larger cities Hamilton (about 130,000 people) is only 45 minutes from Otorohanga and 60 minutes from Te Kuiti.

Hamilton is the urban centre of the Waikato region and home to the Waikato District Health Board (DHB).

In Hamilton, you’ll find Waikato Hospital, a teaching, trauma and cancer treatment centre for the central North Island region that has 600 beds and a full range of specialties from newborns to neurosurgery. There are also a large number of public and private health service providers based in and around Hamilton – including general practices, private hospitals, aged care facilities, and mental health facilities.

Look at the other places within easy reach.

There’s fantastic skiing, snow boarding and alpine hiking at Mts Ruapehu and Tongariro, or in summer try Lake Taupo for swimming, boating and fishing. We’ve got stunning beaches on our east and west coasts, for a day out or a weekend away. Well established and attractive Waikato towns like Matamata, Tauranga and Cambridge have great boutique shopping, restaurants and race courses, and are only an hour or two away from the North King Country region.

New Zealand’s largest city Auckland is about three or four hours easy driving through pleasant scenery, and the once-a-day Overlander scenic train route that links Auckland to Wellington stops in Te Kuiti.

So you can enjoy our supportive communities and rural life, and still be in reach of many cities and services.

See our Living here pages for more information.