The Waikato region is now at Orange. For more information visit →

Introducing Mighty Local – our space where we proudly promote and profile everything local across the Mighty Waikato region in COVID-19 Alert Level 2 and beyond. 

The Waikato region is now at Orange.

We are sharing how you can support local Waikato businesses by getting outdoors and exploring your own backyard, visiting our fabulous Waikato attractions, getting your fav takeaways or dining out at your favourite local eatery, and shopping at your local retail store, plus much more.

You’ll find info and articles below on how you can learn delicious recipes from local chefs and explore the region’s great walks and cycle trails.

While this is a challenging time for everyone staying home and social distancing is key to ensuring the safety of us all. We know our Waikato community is one of innovation, creativity and community spirit. 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.

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


Cafes and restaurants are open for dine-in service under level 2!


You can get your fave Waikato foods for takeaway and delivery! Check out who is open near you to get your foodie fix. Yum!
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.

Online Fitness & Wellness

Calling all gym bunnies, fitness fiends and yoga lovers missing their regular ‘out-of-home’ workouts – here is a list of awesome gyms and fitness studios around the region who are offering online classes and courses. Check them out below!


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.

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.

Online Retail and Services

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

Recipes from Local Chefs

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

Virtual Tours

Check out some virtual experiences from across the region below to inspire you for your next adventure.