Ngaruawhaia is located 20kms north of Hamilton on state highway one. The town is proud of its Maori heritage and is the headquarters of the Tainui Tribe.

The town is busy stop off/rest point before reaching Hamilton and is also the junction for the Hamilton by-pass routes.

Ngaruawhaia has two 'old Hotels' developed in a different era, other than those buildings the town is young.

The meaning of the town's name is open the food pits, which comes from a feast held hundreds of years ago to celebrate the coming together of two tribes through a marriage. The word combines the Maori words wahia meaning firewood and rua meaning pit or hole in this usage

Ngāruawāhia is home to the King Movement. This was the official residence of the late Māori Queen, Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu




Fireplace Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course