Te Awamutu is a strong, rural service centre just 25 minutes from Hamilton City. Te Awamutu provides a good size retail offer and a strong community based around sporting and other activities. The town’s heart is based on agribusiness and
the rural sector offerings farm machinery, veterinary services, consulting and professional services. A number of engineering and manufacturing businesses continue to support a strong and increasingly diverse economic base.
Te Awamutu is experiencing good growth with population projected to reach 20,000 by 2030. In response, a number of residential developments are coming on stream including a retirement village at Highfield Country Estate to the south surrounded by residential development. A further residential development consisting of 320 sections is being planned on Frontier Road and a large residential lot around St Leger Road offers sections up to 5000sqm.
Recent commercial developments include a recent multi-million dollar investment from Manuka Health, not far from Fonterra’s Te Awamutu dairy factory. A new, purpose-built library will open in late 2016 and anchor a planned community hub made to link pedestrians to the central business district.
Te Awamutu has an extensive heritage and was the focal point of battles during the protracted New Zealand land wars, including during pre-European times.
Its rich Maori history dates from the mid 1300s to the present day. Today the town retains a number of heritage buildings including the historic Regent Theatre in the main street.
Outstanding community sporting facilities and easy access to the outdoors make Te Awamutu a favourite place for the fit and active. Large residential lots and roomy homes make the town an attractive place for families.
Te Awamutu is also within a short driving distance from Waipa district’s three peaks – Maungatautari, Kakepuku and Mount Pirongia as well as extensive peat lakes and wetlands.