About Hamilton and Waikato
The Waikato region (incorporating the city of Hamilton) is located just south of Auckland and is diverse in many aspects.
On the West Coast you will find the surfing mecca of Raglan with it’s boutique cafes, shops, arts and crafts studios. While well known the world over for its great surf break, Raglan also offers kiteboarding, kayaking and fishing. There are lot’s of cycle trails in the Raglan area as well as Bridal Veil Falls Walk.
The northern part of the Waikato region is steeped in history and is home to the Maori King. Here you will find the Rangiriri Battle Site and can climb the Hakarimata Ranges and visit the Waikato Coalfields Museum.
In the south you will find the country town of Tirau which is an antique, arts and crafts mecca. Corrugated iron creations adorn the main street. Or follow the Te Waihou Walkway to the famous Blue Spring, where the water is so pure they bottle it!
Travel East and this will bring you to Matamata and Middle-earth, the movie set for the Hobbit film trilogy. Take a tour of Middle- earth and discover the magic behind this phenomenon.
The riverside city of Hamilton is nestled on the banks of the mighty Waikato River. Hamilton offers a lot of friendly cafes, great restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. An extensive range of sightseeing tours and experiences are available in Hamilton including Hot Air Balloon rides, a Waikato River experience, Waikato Museum, Hamilton Gardens or you can visit Skycity Casino.
Discover and book activities in Hamilton and Waikato . . .
Middle-earth activities and tours:
If you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy, you are in for a real treat. There are a range of unique Middle-earth tours and activities available.
Waitomo Caves adventures:
While Waitomo is best known for the Waitomo Caves and the famous boat ride under thousands of glowworms, other popular activities include spectacular walks or abseiling, ziplining and black-water rafting (through the cave systems) for the more adventurous.
Raglan for surf breaks and latte:
Raglan, on the coast west of Hamilton, is believed to have the longest left hand break in the world. You will find fabulous beaches and a variety of water based activities on offer including a surf school for the novice surfer. The quaint township is home to some enchanting cafes and is well known for it’s arts and crafts.
Great Short Walks:
Hamilton and the Waikato region offer an extensive range of short walks for exploring. Many of these include walking and hiking tracks through native bush. Recommended walks are Wairere Falls (the highest in the North Island at 153 metres) and based in the spectacular Kaimai-Mamaku Ranges, Bridal Veil Falls near Raglan, or Marokopa Falls in Waitomo. The Waikato River Trails also offer a number of amazing walks.
The Waikato region offers some fabulous cycle trails including the foothills of Mount Te Aroha, along with the Waikato River Trails, through the Pureora Timber Trail and the Hauraki Rail Trail.
Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park:
Enjoy close up Kiwi viewing and Kiwi feeding. The Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park breeds rare and endangered native New Zealand wildlife. It includes New Zealand’s only display of Great Spotted Kiwi and Little Spotted Kiwi (complete with burrow cameras). There are also ponds, wetland area’s and a walk through aviary.
Waikato River cruise:
Enjoy the beauty of the Waikato River with a relaxing scenic cruise.
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