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

Here we’re sharing how you can support local Waikato businesses by getting your fav foods from producers and eateries delivered, by being entertained online as a family by Waikato artists, art and performers, and keeping up your fitness and wellness routines with local gyms and studios, plus much more.

You’ll also find info and articles below on how you can explore some of our fabulous Waikato destinations virtually, learn delicious new recipes from local chefs and read stories about some of our fabulous locals.

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 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.


Now that we’ve moved to Level 3, cafes and restaurants from around the Waikato are adapting their businesses to ensure you can enjoy some of your favourite dishes and beverages at home via drive-through or contactless pre-ordered pick-up takeaways. Yum!

Activities & Attractions

The Waikato region has a range of activities and attractions to suit all ages and tastes - from surfing world-class breaks and crawling through caves to middle-earth movie magic and animal encounters.
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.

Shop Local Food & Beverage

An array of mighty food and beverage producers across the region are delivering your fav foods direct to your door - from organic fruit and veg, farm-fresh milk and artisan breads to gourmet meats and coffee beans.

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.

Virtual Tours

While you can’t get out and explore our magical region right now, check out some virtual experiences from across the region below to inspire you to start planning for your next adventure when the time is right.


Looking for something other than Netflix to keep you or the kids entertained during lockdown? Check out the great variety of options below from across the region.

Mighty Waikato Cookbook

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

Online Fitness & Wellness

Calling all gym bunnies, fitness fiends and yoga lovers missing their regular ‘out-of-home’ workouts, as well as those just wanting to try new exercise options while in lock-down – here is a list of awesome gyms and fitness studios around the region who are offering online classes and courses. Check them out below!

Recipes from Local Chefs

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

Online Retail

A range of Waikato retailers are able to offer essential goods through their online ordering systems during Level 4.


A range of Waikato services are able to offer their service online during Level 3.

Waikato Civil Defence

Waikato Civil Defence is a system of coordinating emergency management. It's a way communities, organisations and government work together to get ready and get through an emergency.


Let your favourite Waikato business know that you're thinking of them with a voucher and help them during this difficult time.

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