's oldest settlement and the meeting place of the Waikato
and Waipa Rivers, Ngaruawahia is the heart of Waikato
Maoridom. Turangawaewae Marae (meeting place) is the official residence of the reigning Maori King. The present pa dates from 1921.
lies just northwards, and the ancestral burial grounds of local Maori lie at the base of Taupiri Mountain. There are excellent views from the summit, although walkers must observe proper etiquette near the graves. There are natural hot springs
near Ngaruawahia at Waingaro.
Located at the confluence of the Waikato
and Waipa Rivers, 19km northwest of Hamilton
Summer average: 20 - 25°C
Winter average: 10 - 15°C