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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 to underground wonders and middle-earth movie magic. Check out the articles and experiences below for a more in-depth look at some of the region’s top activities & attractions.

There's plenty to see and do in the Waikato

Middle-earth Movie Magic
If the Shire is at the heart of Middle-earth, then the Waikato is at the heart of the Shire.
Outdoor Activities
Experience the stunning nature of the Waikato, where you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, from the picturesque walks and bike paths to the exciting water sports.
Family Fun
The Waikato has to be one of the most fun regions to visit when considering a family holiday with the kids.
The Waitomo Caves are just the playground for adrenalin junkies seeking Insta-worthy tales of prowess and awe.
Get inspired
Embark on a journey of inspiration and unveil the myriad wonders of the Waikato, from top attractions that capture the essence of the region to hidden gems waiting to be discovered.
Indoor Activities
From tenpin bowling and interactive exhibitions to escape rooms and famous Waitomo caves – there are a variety of indoor activity options, perfect for all weather, in the Waikato region.
Arts & Culture
The Waikato is a place where a proud heritage runs as deep as the river that flows through it.
From getting out and “lost” in nature to emptying your mind in a local yoga studio, Waikato is the ideal destination for self-care and letting the world’s problems melt away.
Plan your trip and make the most of what the Waikato region has to offer with these great itinerary suggestions.
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