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

The Waikato region moved to Alert Level 1 at 11:59pm on Monday 21 September.

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.

Hauraki Rail Trail cycling trail, Te Aroha, NZ

Explore

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.

Restaurants & Dining Options

The Waikato region has an abundance of top quality dining options - from award-winning restaurants and wine & tapas bars to gourmet eateries and cafes.
20% off Karapiro Kayak Tours with Lake District Adventures

Hot Deals

Grab a deal, explore tours or view the latest promotion on everything from activities & entertainment to accommodation and dining in the Waikato region.

COVID-19 - Important Information

These are unprecedented times for our visitor sector. Our region has been significantly impacted across all areas – international visitor arrivals, corporate business events and travel, major events and all businesses who serve the visitor economy (hospitality, accommodation, retail, transport, venues and tourism operators).

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.

Recipes from Local Chefs

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

Local Food and 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.

Events

Check out the great variety of options below from across the region – from creative options for the kids to dance lessons and pub quizzes plus much more

Mighty Waikato Cookbook

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