Welcome to the Mighty Waikato

  • Bag End, Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata, NZ

    Experience the real Middle-earth

    If the Shire is at the heart of Middle-earth, then the Waikato is at the heart of the Shire.

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  • Top walking trails

    From casual strolls along the river to overnight bush excursions and winding mountain tracks, the Waikato region has a variety of great walking trails to suit everyone.

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  • Waitomo Glowworms Cave

    Underground Wonders

    Weirdly wonderful, an underground world of limestone caves lies below the native forest and farmland of the Waitomo region in the Waikato.

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Welcome to the Mighty Waikato

Official tourism, destinations and events website for Waikato.

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Events in the Waikato

Hamilton Christmas Events
01 Dec
25 Dec
Christmas Events

The Waikato is gearing up for a family-orientated, super fun festive season with a huge variety of events happening across the region. Check out the list of events below for your city or town, and enjoy the lights, markets, carols and of course, the appearances by the man himself – Santa!

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See & do in Waikato

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Eat & drink in Waikato

Welcome to the Waikato region

A geographically and culturally diverse region, the Waikato has a range of activities and attractions to suit all ages and tastes – from our vibrant city hub of Hamilton to the rugged west coast, underground wonders and middle-earth movie magic.

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