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With the city of Hamilton as the hub and a network of smaller towns across the region, each with their own charms, the Waikato Region has an experience to suit, whether that takes you underground, onto the water or even high in the air.
The river runs deep and so does the spirit in the north Waikato, with its rich history and remarkable stories.
With its black sand, fine surfing, tranquil harbour and laidback vibe, Raglan is a unique and relatively unknown slice of Kiwi heaven.
The riverside city of Hamilton is one of the country’s fastest growing and has the attractions to go with it, whether you’re looking for family fun or a thriving nightlife.
From spectacular underground caves to the wild coast, Waitomo and its surrounding landscape offer an experience that is unlike any other.
Set in rich farming countryside at the heart of the Waikato region, Cambridge with ‘Old English’ charm is packed with top galleries, cafes and stores.
Known as the ‘town of roses’ and surrounded by lush farmland, Te Awamutu (which in English means “The Rivers End”), is a significant contributor to the regions prosperous dairy industry. While away some time visiting Te Awamutu’s stunning rose gardens or the nearby attractively quaint village of Pirongia, with cafes, crafts and clydesdales.
The aptly themed Matamata i-SITE on the main street is a clear indication of where you are, in prime Middle-earth territory, with the Hobbiton Movie Set just down the road. With the perfect combination of hillsides and plains, Matamata, meaning headland in Maori, has its rural roots in the equine and dairying industries.
Situated 50 minutes north east of Hamilton is Te Aroha. Nestled at the foot of its mountain namesake, the historic Spa Town is famous for its natural hot soda water springs, gold mining and mountain hiking and biking trails.