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North Waikato

The river runs deep and so does the spirit in the north Waikato, with its rich history and remarkable stories.

Don't Miss

  1. Picnic beside Lake Hakanoa
  2. Climb the Hakarimata Ranges
  3. Do a tandem skydive
  4. Woodlands Historical Homestead
  5. Zealong Tea Estate
  6. Nikau Caves
  7. Hampton Downs Motorsport Park
  8. Waikato War historic locations
  9. Long stretching beaches of Port Waikato
  10. Order an Ice-cream as big as your face in Pokeno

Steeped in history and culture the North Waikato showcases the region’s uniquely significant Māori and European heritage. Home of the Māori King and the Kingitanga movement, historical landmarks and battle sites can be found throughout the area. The area’s rich mineral deposits mean it was, and still is, a significant source of the nation’s power - first with coal mining and now with thermal power.

In the North Waikato bush-clad mountains make way for rugged coastlines and the mighty Waikato River as it makes its way to the sea, while small towns and villages dot the landscape with an eclectic lineup of shops, cafes and churches.