|| New Zealand |
|| 4,374 |
|| Te Kuiti |
|| Waitomo District Council |
|| http://www.waitomo.govt.nz |
Te Kuiti is a small town in the south of the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand. It lies at the junction of State Highways 3 and 30 and on the North Island Main Trunk Railway, 70 km south of Hamilton.
As of the 2001 census it had a resident population of 4,374, a decrease of 5.1% since 1991. The town promotes itself as the sheep shearing capital of the world and is host to the annual New Zealand National Shearing Championships.
Te Kuiti is approximately 80 km south of Hamilton
and 19 km south-east of Waitomo
. The area around Te Kuiti, commonly known as the King Country
, gives its name to the Heartland Championship rugby
team based in Te Kuiti.
Te Kuiti is the Maori name given to the area. In its original form of "Te Kuititanga", it literally means "the valley", "the squeezing in" or "the narrowing".
The "Shearing Capital of the World" contains the world's largest shearer, seven metres high. On April 1
, 2006 the largest sheep show in the world took place here, with more than 2000 sheep.
The carved Te Tokanganui-A-Noho Meeting House was gifted to the local Maori people (Ngati Maniapoto) by Te Kooti, a famous Maori leader.
The Tatsuno Japanese Garden is at the southern end of the main street.
Limestone deposits and water have created the Waitomo Caves
, northwest of the town, one of New Zealand's most-visited tourist locations.
Te Kuiti notables