Ruakura, Hamilton

The Hamilton site is home to approximately 70 permanent staff, plus some casual workers.

Our site and facilities

The Plant & Food Research Hamilton site is located within the large Ruakura Research Centre.  The campus is also home to AgResearch and the Innovation Science Park as well as private companies and the Super Rugby Chief’s franchise.  It is also in close proximity to the University of Waikato Campus.

The larger campus houses a chartered social club that caters for all the organisations located on the Research Centre campus.  Staff based at Plant & Food may join the club.  The club’s facilities include a swimming pool, squash club, tennis courts and meals and drinks are available in the evenings.  There are also accessible farm tracks for those who enjoy running or walking.

The campus also offers a childcare facility - Melody, generous free carparking, and attractive grounds. The cafes at Innovation Park and AgResearch are available to everyone.

The Plant & Food Ruakura Research Centre has a small gym which is free to staff, as well as a table tennis table, large lunchroom and outdoor courtyard.

Staff discounts are available through GSB with local businesses such as Resenes, Plumbing World and others featured.


Public transport includes the Orbiter, a circuit bus which stops at Fifth Avenue, which is a five minute walk.  An extensive bus network provides coverage of Hamilton City. Many routes extend radially from the central business district, while two ring routes encompass the central business district and the outer suburbs.

Hamilton International Airport is located 15 minutes drive away.

The area

Chartwell Square, a shopping mall, is located approximately ten minutes away, as is Hamilton Central and Hamilton East is five minutes away.  Ruakura is a semi-rural suburb of Hamilton City, in the Waikato region of the North Island.  Hamilton is the fourth largest city in New Zealand and has a population of approximately 146,000.  Education and research are big players in the economy of Hamilton, with a population of approximately 40,000 students.  Agriculture also plays a big part of Hamilton’s economy as well as manufacturing and retail.  Hamilton hosts the annual National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek, the southern hemisphere's biggest agricultural trade exhibition. The Waikato River runs through the city and Hamilton central sits on the river and is the bustling retail precinct.  Hamilton is a lively city and is the second fastest growing urban area in New Zealand.

The region

The Waikato region is in the upper North Island and the name is taken from the Waikato River.  The Waikato is New Zealand’s leading location for scientific research.  There are approximately 1,000 research scientists working in Hamilton, giving the city one of the highest ratios of scientists per capita in the world. A quarter of the research undertaken in New Zealand occurs in Waikato organisations.

The climate is mild and temperate with morning frosts common during winter anticyclones. The Waikato has high sunshine hours, approximately 40% more than the UK, and this is conducive to fast growth for crops and pastures.  Agriculture, particularly dairy farming, is popular in the region.  While Ruakura and Hamilton are inland, there are many beaches within a two hour drive on the West Coast which is renowned for its wild surf beaches.  There are many beautiful beaches on the Coromandel Peninsula which are within a one hour drive.

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