The King Country


Flanked on either side by mountain ranges and containing landforms shaped by the active volcanic zone of the central North Island, the King Country has always been formidable yet fertile farming land.

The name “King Country” was coined in the mid 1800s by Europeans when the Maori King, King Tāwhiao, was based in the region after facing exile from his native Waikato. The area of the King Country was infamously defined when the Māori King threw his hat on a map asserting sovereignty over the area. European accessed the region first as traders in the 1820s, followed by missionaries in the 1830s before it was closed to Europeans from 1864 for approximately twenty years. After this the main trunk line was connected between Auckland and Wellington, traversing the King Country and further opening the region to agricultural development.


Another rural service town supplying essential resources to the surrounding farming communities is Otorohanga Learn more


Taumarunui is a small rural service town situated at the top of the Whanganui River Learn more

Te Kuiti

On the northern boundary of the King Country, Te Kuiti is a small rural service town Learn more