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

Aroha Cruise In

Marvel at some of the country’s best classic cars as they line Te Aroha’s main street for the Aroha Cruise In on Saturday 5 February and enjoy the fun festivities of live music and entertainment.

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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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