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Places to go

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 for all types of traveller. Whether you are keen to venture underground, onto the water or even high in the air there is a destination in the Waikato to suit. From urban laneways in Hamilton and mineral spas in Te Aroha to the surfing mecca of Raglan or twinkling glowworms in Waitomo - check out the below top Waikato locations for your next adventure.

Waikato Destinations

With its black sand, fine surfing, tranquil harbour and laidback vibe, Raglan is a unique and relatively unknown slice of Kiwi heaven.
Hamilton City
The riverside city of Hamilton is one of the country’s fastest growing and has the attractions to go with it, whether you’re looking for family fun or a thriving nightlife.
Waitomo Caves
From spectacular underground caves to the wild coast, Waitomo and its surrounding landscape offer an experience that is unlike any other.
Local craftsmen and builders combined old-fashioned methods with modern technology to create the eye-catching Middle-earth-themed exterior of the Matamata isite.
Often called the town of trees and champions, Cambridge is admired for its leafy streets, heritage buildings, antique shops, eateries, and its winners.
Te Awamutu
Known as the ‘town of roses’ and surrounded by lush farmland, Te Awamutu is a significant contributor to the regions prosperous dairy industry.
Charming, unspoiled and laidback. That’s the beachside community of Kawhia on the west coast of the Waikato region.
Te Aroha
Nestled at the foot of its mountain namesake, the historic Spa Town is famous for its natural hot soda water springs, gold mining and mountain hiking and biking trails.
Ngāruawāhia & Gordonton
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.
Morrinsville is a country town with a big town personality and whether it is a trip back in time or a journey into imagination and culture, there is plenty to see and do here.
North Waikato (Port Waikato, Pokeno, Mercer, Tuakau, Huntly)
The river runs deep and so does the spirit in the north Waikato, with its rich history and remarkable stories.
With the dramatic backdrop of Mount Pirongia, the picturesque town of Pirongia is a popular stopping off point for visitors.
Ōtorohanga is located 45 minutes south of Hamilton on the way to the Waitomo Caves region and at just about every turn this town celebrates the national identity of New Zealand.
Te Kuiti, Maniaiti / Benneydale and Piopio
A warm country-style welcome awaits in the rural townships of Te Kuiti, Maniaiti/Benneydale and Piopio in the Waitomo district.