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Invest in Waikato

The Waikato region is one of the most productive in New Zealand. Its prime location and diverse economy are the springboard for innovation and industry.

Waikato is the fourth largest economy of Aotearoa New Zealand’s regions, accounting for 8.7% of national GDP in 2023. The region has a balanced and diverse economy comprised of primary industries, goods producing industries, high value services and more. 

Waikato is a region in growth mode. In 2022 regional growth exceeded that of Aotearoa New Zealand for both the number of business units, up by 5%, and fulltime equivalent jobs, up by 3.2%. It also has one of the fastest-growing populations in the country.

Waikato holds the unique role of connector within the Golden Triangle, connecting the city regions of Auckland, Hamilton, and Tauranga. These cities are part of a wider super-region that encompasses Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty. This super-region is the economic powerhouse of Aotearoa New Zealand, home to over half of Aotearoa New Zealand’s population, exports, and economy. In 2022, the combined GDP for the three regions was over 52% of national GDP.

Thinking about investing in the Waikato?