Hampton Downs / Te Kauwhata / Rangiriri
Incorporating Hampton Downs | Te Kauwhata | Rangiriri
Hampton Downs, Situated north of Te Kauwhata is Home to the FIA Level 2 Motorsports Park of the same name.
Te Kauwhata is a rural town situated in picturesque rolling farmland, nestled on the edge of Lake Waikare. Te Kauwhata features wineries where visitors can also enjoy great food whilst relaxing in the rural ambience. Be sure to check out the local craft shops.
Rangiriri is a small town located alongside the waikato river, just south of Te Kauwhata. Rangiriri was the site of a major Māori defence structure during the time of the Invasion of the Waikato, the major campaign of the New Zealand Wars. The Battle of Rangiriri, which took place on 20–21 November 1863, cost both sides more than any other engagement of the land wars and also resulted in the capture of 183 Māori prisoners, which impacted on their subsequent ability to oppose the far bigger British force.