The Waikato region is home to a thriving community of artists and performers. Local creative pieces are on show in shops and galleries through the region, while some also make a name further afield. Meanwhile, several venues offer live theatre, concerts and performance art.
If one thing characterises the Waikato when it comes to food, it’s variety. The fertile region produces everything from award-winning cheese and organic berries to flavour-packed gourmet sausages and premium oolong tea.
Justifiably famous, the Waitomo Caves in the Hamilton & Waikato region offer not only natural marvels but also adrenalin pumping adventure. The labyrinth of underground caves that have formed over millions of years feature dramatic formations of stalactites and stalagmites, twinkling constellations of glowworms and eerie underwater streams.
Artists and surfers rub shoulders in the west coast settlement of Raglan, giving it a bohemian vibe unlike any other – and drawing from Lonely Planet website the accolade that it “may also be New Zealand’s best looking town”.