While living in a city as large as Hamilton can be stressful and overwhelming, you can’t sometimes help it since these are central locations where most jobs can be found. But there are other options to explore if you want to live a healthier and balanced life outside of the city, which can especially be beneficial if you have a young family.

The city of Hamilton is the third fastest growing urban area in New Zealand, next to Auckland and Pukekohe and is also one of the more heavily populated cities in the country. While it initially started as an agricultural service centre, its diverse economy has expanded through research and development as well as education, and these fields have played a big part in its growth. Present day Hamilton is now home to over 40,000 tertiary students and 1,000 scientists. The University of Waikato and the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) are also found within the city.

Te Kauwhata is a small yet beautiful country village set in the vineyard region of Waikato. It is located about 51 kilometres north of Hamilton, a trip that takes a little under an hour when you drive along State Highway 1. For some families that have moved to Te Kauwhata, doing the daily commute to work in Hamilton is worth it, as they get to live in 3 to 4-bedroom houses that would fetch the same price as a small apartment in the city. These are houses found in prestigious subdivisions with great big open spaces and grassy backyards that are perfect for raising small children to run around in. The area is complete with the necessary facilities and schools that families will need and with the town growing from the entry of city dwellers, growth and new businesses are only getting stronger. You can explore living in the beautiful countryside of Te Kauwhata while still being nearby Hamilton for your work or your convenience.