Mighty Local – our space where we proudly promote and profile everything local across the Mighty Waikato region.

With the move to Alert Level 1, all the social and business restrictions are lifted so we’re sharing how you can show your support for local Waikato businesses by getting outdoors and exploring your own backyard, visiting our fabulous Waikato attractions, dining out at your favourite local eatery, and shopping at your local retail store, plus much more.

You’ll also find info and articles below on how you can still shop online with your fav local food producers, learn delicious recipes from local chefs, read stories about some of our fabulous locals and explore the region’s great walks and cycle trails.

This is a challenging time for us all and your support of your local community is more important than ever. We know our Waikato community is one of innovation, creativity and community spirit where our kaitiaki runs deep. We know we are great at adapting, finding new ways of doing things, getting behind local initiatives and supporting each other. He waka eke noa: we are all in this together.


Now that we’ve moved to Level 1, cafes and restaurants from around the Waikato are adapting their businesses to ensure you can enjoy some of your favourite dishes and beverages at home via drive-through or contactless pre-ordered pick-up takeaways. Yum!

Activities & Attractions

The Waikato region has a range of activities and attractions to suit all ages and tastes.
Hauraki Rail Trail cycling trail, Te Aroha, NZ


Head outdoors on some of the great walking and cycling trails based in the Waikato, or check out some of the great activities and attractions on offer.

Shop Local Food & Beverage

An array of mighty food and beverage producers across the region are delivering your fave foods direct to your door - from organic fruit and veg, farm-fresh milk and artisan breads to gourmet meats and coffee beans.

Featured stories

We know our Waikato people and businesses are great at innovation, creativity and kaitiaki. Below are some stories of local businesses who are adapting, finding new ways of doing things and supporting our communities as we move through this COVID-19 journey together.

Mighty Waikato Cookbook

Go on a culinary journey from the comfort of your own home with recipes from Mighty Waikato Cookbook


Looking for something other than Netflix to keep you or the kids entertained? Check out the great variety of options below from across the region.

Recipes from Local Chefs

Some of our beloved local chefs and eateries are bringing us tasty recipes and videos online!

Online Retail

A range of Waikato retailers are able to offer essential goods through their online ordering systems.


Let your favourite Waikato business know that you're thinking of them with a voucher and help them during this difficult time.

Mighty Local is a partnership initiative powered by Te Waka and Hamilton & Waikato Tourism, with support from your local council, the Chambers of Commerce and business associations across the region and the i-SITE visitor information centres.