A Taste of Rural New Zealand
Tuakau is a small country town in the North Waikato region just south of Greater Auckland. It is a 40 minute drive from central Auckland and 10 minutes from the motorway. The surrounding area of Tuakau consists of rich green countryside mainly used for farming (both dairy and sheep) and market gardening (horticulture).
Traditionally a rural service town, Tuakau contains livestock saleyards (for the sale of cattle and sheep) and has a significant primary based industry in Poultry and Horticulture and the associated processing.
Tuakau has a primary and secondary school, a library, medical centre, a few cafes and restaurants, an historic hotel and a small selection of shops.
The nearby Waikato river winds its way towards Port Waikato where it meets the sea. The small coastal village of Port Waikato is a short drive from Tuakau (many Port Waikato students attend Tuakau College) and is popular for surfing and fishing. Sunset Beach is a black sand beach and the coast around Port Waikato is rugged and wild. The limestone formations in this area were one of the backgrounds used in the filming of The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.