You know the best places to get close to nature in Auckland, why not explore more in the Waikato?

The Waikato is blessed with a number of natural wonders dotted across the region. From famous black sand beaches, bush-clad mountains and wildlife sanctuaries to subterranean worlds and waterfalls the region offers up a truly diverse natural wonderland.

The mighty Waikato is full of hidden gems we know you’ll LOVE!

Underground Wonders

Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Discover Waitomo, New Zealand

Millions of years in the making, the Waitomo Caves are a world-famous underground playground that have been enthralling visitors since 1889.

Rising from the sea 30 million years ago, this subterranean world of stalagmites, stalactites, and underground waterfalls if full of geological history and wonder. From families to thrill-seekers, visitors will love the options on offer including gentle boat rides under galaxies of twinkling glowworms, walking tours of awe-inspiring limestone formations, and a blood-pumping range of adventure activities.

Lesser known, but equally inspiring, subterranean wonders can also be found near the coast of the North Waikato area.

Natural Habitat

Kaka, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, Waikato

The Waikato region boasts a wide variety of experiences for nature lovers, with opportunities to explore ancient forests and get up close to native and exotic wildlife.

Visualise New Zealand the way it used to be at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. Boasting a 47km long pest-proof fence, Sanctuary Mountain provides a safe home for many endangered native species including tuatara, takahe, kiwi and kaka.

Along with this internationally significant project the Waikato region is home to a number of conservation and wildlife initiatives including the Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park, where you are guaranteed to see the kiwi in nocturnal enclosures. Plus you can see the tuatara, a unique reptile that provides a living link to the world of the dinosaurs.

If you’re looking for an exciting and educational experience, start with a trip to Hamilton Zoo where you will find hours of fun exploring and meeting the wide variety of rare and endangered animals from around the world.


Raglan has many claims to fame, including one of the longest left-hand surf breaks in the world, combined with a unique bohemian vibe that flows through its streets.

The coastal town is renowned for its natural beauty and the environmental values held by its people. Far reaching black sand beaches, picturesque limestone coasts, lush nature walks and stunning waterfalls can call be found here.

Waikato Waterfalls

Breathtaking views are available everywhere in the Waikato region, which is home to a number of waterfall features. From short tracks that provide stunning waterfalls, to hikes, there is a perfect destination for all waterfall lovers in the Waikato.

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