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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.
Often called the town of trees and champions, Cambridge is admired for its leafy streets, heritage buildings, antique shops, eateries, and its winners – not only the gold medal cyclists that train at the Grassroots Trust Velodrome and the rowers at Lake Karapiro, but also the successful race horses bred at nearby thoroughbred stud farms.
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.
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.
Ōtorohanga is located 45 minutes south of Hamilton on the way to the Waitomo Caves region and at just about every turn this town celebrates the national identity of New Zealand with displays of icons, heroes and traditions – and colourful hanging baskets of flowers along the main street.
Local craftsmen and builders combined old-fashioned methods with modern technology to create the eye-catching Middle-earth-themed exterior of the Matamata i-SITE on the main street of this Waikato town.