Farming locality on the Waipa River, 13km west of Hamilton. It was once an important Māori centre with cultivation of kumara. The Whatawhata Hill Country Research Station was established in 1949 to support sheep and beef research. It is now owned by the Waikato-Tainui tribes and leased by AgResearch.

Meaning of place name
Whatawhata means elevated food stages.

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