Hamilton and Waikato

  • Hakarimata Summit Track, Hakarimata Scenic Reserve

    Top walking trails

  • Bag End, Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata, NZ

    Experience the real Middle-earth

  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves, NZ

    Discover Waitomo Glowworm Caves

  • Explore the Lost World Cave

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.

Waitomo Caves, Waitomo

School Holidays

Discover something new and explore the hidden gems of the Waikato this autumn! It's just magic!
Make the most of your time in the mighty Waikato with natural wonders, Middle-earth movie magic and underground adventures all on offer here

Matariki 2021

Matariki is known as the Maori New Year and is marked by the rising of the cluster of stars named Pleiades. Matariki is a time of sharing and celebration.

Winter in the Waikato

Think there's NOTHING to do in the Waikato - think again!

Walking Trails

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

2021 Regional Visitor Guide

Find regional information, accommodation, transport and activity listings, plus a regional map and more in the Hamilton & Waikato Official Regional Visitor Guide.

COVID-19 - Important Information

These are unprecedented times for our visitor sector. Our region has been significantly impacted across all areas – international visitor arrivals, corporate business events and travel, major events and all businesses who serve the visitor economy (hospitality, accommodation, retail, transport, venues and tourism operators).
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