Te Kauwhata is a small town in the north of the Waikato region of New Zealand, situated close to the western shore of Lake Waikare, some 40 km north of Hamilton. The township population in 2006 was 1294 with perhaps up to 13,000 in surrounding areas.
Te Kauwhata is the site of a diverse range of farms, including dairy and dry stock, as well as extensive horticulture. Of note is that Te Kauwhata, or "TK" as the locals say, is bordered by the largest swamp in the southern hemisphere, otherwise known as the Whangamarino Swamp.
Te Kauwhata has a primary school, a College, which runs from years 7 through to year 13, and three early childhood learning centres. Te Kauwhata has numerous sporting venues, most notably the Local Rugby Football Club and Te Kauwhata College which collectively boast a selection of rugby and football fields, squash courts, netball courts, golf courses and cricket pitches. There is also a community fitness centre with gym and swimming pool, located at the College, a retirement village (Aparangi) and an outdoor bowling green.