Home to a diverse natural landscape and a hive of rural activity, this expansive region encompasses no less than twelve communities. The area contains acres of native forest, idyllic coastline, rolling rural hills and plains and the wide Waihou River.  The environment offers myriad opportunities to interact with the area; through hunting and gathering, discovering delicious locally-grown produce or adventuring in the wilderness and observing the abundant wildlife.  Explore the area’s artistic, cultural and historical landscape by spending time getting to know the friendly locals and their diverse communities.

Nestled along the picturesque banks of the Piako River, Ngātea is the thriving heart of the Hauraki Plains, conveniently located along State Highway 2. This vibrant town offers a diverse array of attractions, including the renowned Ngātea Watergardens, where visitors can bask in the beauty of lush botanical displays and tranquil water features. Nearby, the Public Office offers a dining experience not to be missed.

For those with a penchant for shopping, the Willow Retail Outlet is a must-visit destination, offering a wide range of products to satisfy various tastes, from stylish clothing to unique home decor and artisanal gifts. Meanwhile, art enthusiasts can indulge their creative senses at the Gallery, an artistic haven that showcases the talents of local and regional artists.

In addition to these attractions, Ngātea boasts Pioneer Park, where families can unwind and children can enjoy the playground and skatepark.

Today Ngatea is a bustling service town for the agricultural community of the Hauraki Plains. It's the primary business hub of the region, offering an extensive selection of retail outlets, dining establishments, accommodations, and professional services to meet the needs of both residents and visitors alike.

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There are so many ways to appreciate and enjoy the wild expanse of the Hauraki Plains and Shorebird Coast.  Discover its many stories!