The Waikato is a region in the upper-north of the North Island. The main centres in the region are Hamilton, Taupo, Cambridge, Te Awamutu and Tokoroa. Waikato is renowned for its lushes green planes that make for world class dairy farming and a perfect location to set The Shire tourist spor in the Lord of the Rings. Hobbiton sees more than 1 million visitors through its doors to see the famous film set. Cathedral Cove is another famous film set in Waikato, where blockbuster Narnia was filmed.
The region's economy is primarily based on agriculture, especially dairy. The region has a booming services industry facilitated by the regions close proximity to Auckland.
|GDP Per Capita||$47,119|
|Average Weekly Rent||$338|