Located in the heart of the Waikato countryside Hobbiton Movie Set is the permanent set created for the The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. See the 40 hobbit holes, including Bilbo Baggin's house Bag End, the party tree and mill, and then enjoy a drink in The Green Dragon. See the Hobbiton website for tour info and pricing.
The spring is fed from the Mamaku Plateau where the water takes up to 100 years to filter through; the resulting water is so pure and clean that it produces a beautiful blue colour while being virtually clear. The Blue Spring is very fragile so please refrain from swimming within the spring.
The highest waterfall in the North Island, water plunges 153 metres over the falls before forming streamlets which flow through rocks and ferns. The sight from the viewing platform at the bottom is spectacular and at the lookout at the top of the falls you will be rewarded with breathtaking views back over the valley and the Waikato plains beyond.
Located on the drive from Waitomo Village towards Marokopa, the 35 metre high Marokopa falls are said to be one of the most beautiful in the country and are well worth a visit. The viewing platform for the falls is via an easy 20 minute return walk which passes through native tawa and nikau forest.
Hamilton Gardens is made up of over 18 beautifully landscapes gardens including the Japanese Garden of Contemplation, Italian Renaissance Garden, Indian Char Bagh Garden and the recently opened Mansfield Garden. The stunning gardens provide many photo opportunities, and entry is free.
To get to the summit you need to climb the infamous staircase of 1349 steps. The amazing views out towards the coast, across the Waikato Basin and down to Ruapehu, are definitely worth the climb.
Spectacular 55 metre high waterfall near Raglan which offers ample photo opportunities at different points. It is an easy 10 minute walk through native bush, following the Pakoka River for most of the way, to two viewing platforms at the top.
Hamilton Street Art
There are numerous murals and street art located throughout Hamilton. Including the giant kārearea mural at Victoria on the River and the Riff Raff statue in Victoria Street which has a hidden camera that broadcasts people doing the "Time Warp."
The bohemian surf town of Raglan is the region's great chill out spot. It's beautiful beaches and rugged landscape draw many artists and photographers, and the sunsets are truly breathtaking.
Journey down through the spectacular spiral entrance to the cave and marvel at the limestone formations and crystal tapestries. You can also get up close to the world famous glowworms. View tour details and prices
From the summit of Mt Te Aroha there are 360 degree views across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions. On a clear day you will be able to see Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Taranaki. It is a 3 hour hike one way and be prepared for alpine weather conditions at the summit.