• Waitomo Caves, Waitomo
  • Sanctuary Mountain, Te Awamutu, Waikato, New Zealand
  • Lego at Waikato Museum, Hamilton
  • Bag End, Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata, NZ
  • ChimChooRee, Hamilton

Waikato is open for exploration!

Destinations

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.

Eat and Drink

Fresh and local products and produce is best and the Waikato region is the place to make the most of some of New Zealand’s best. Enjoy award-winning cheese and wine, sample fresh produce such as asparagus or blueberries, browse at the numerous farmers markets, and dine at top cafes and restaurants.
Middle-earth, Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata, New Zealand

Experiences

A geographically and culturally diverse area, the Waikato region has a range of activities and attractions to suit all ages and tastes - from surfing world-class breaks and crawling through caves to wine tasting and heritage trails. Check out the articles below for a more in-depth look at some of the region’s top activities & attractions.

Events

The Waikato region has established itself as a leading events centre and the yearly line-up shows just why. From international sporting matches to art festivals, expos, concerts and more, not to mention annual events such as the Balloons Over Waikato Festival, National Agricultural Fieldays, Kawhia Kai Festival, NZ Sevens and Soundsplash just to name a few.
de Preaux Lodge, Matamata, NZ

Accommodation

Some want to keep their holiday as simple and classic as pitching a tent. Some want to pamper themselves with the finer things in life. Others want something in between. Whatever your preference, is it easy to find accommodation in the Hamilton & Waikato region, with an accommodation type just to suit everyone.

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