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Ngaruawahia is culturally significant for New Zealand Maori. It is the home of the Maori King and magnificent Turangawaewae Marae.

Just north of Hamilton, Ngaruawahia is a significant place for Maori Culture and history. It is the home of the Maori King and the magnificent Turangawaewae Marae, which is open to the public only once a year, during the annual regatta which is held on the nearest Saturday to the 17th March and includes a parade of traditional war canoes on the Waikato River.

Ngaruawahia is located at the junction of two great rivers - Waikato and Waipa. These rivers were once important canoe routes for Maori and later for the European settlers. Taupiri Mountain, which watches over Ngaruawahia, is sacred and contains the Waikato’s most significant Maori burial ground. You can walk to the summit for views of the region.

Functional facts: Approx. population 5100, limited accommodation, basic shops.

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