Situated in the heart of the North Island, the Mighty Waikato region is well known for its nature-based tourism, Middle-earth movie magic, underground adventures and iconic Waikato River.
The region offers something for every visitor, from Hamilton’s urban attractions to the stunning black sand surf beaches of Raglan and countless walking trails through the rolling hills and ancient bush-clad mountains that shape the landscape.
At the centre of the Waikato region are its towns and the main city of Hamilton, one of New Zealand’s fastest growing and most vibrant cities. All have great shops and galleries, and fantastic eateries, with top events and visitor attractions to match.
A slice of the ‘real Middle-earth’, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, can be found near Matamata at Hobbiton Movie Set, while the subterranean world of black water rafting, glow-worms and cave exploration at Waitomo Caves will be a hit with even the most seasoned traveller.
The finer things in life are also plentiful in the region, including top golf courses, scenic river cruises, boutique fashion stores and rejuvenating natural hot pools.
The proximity of the Waikato region to other destinations makes this the perfect base for exploring the wider central North Island. Click here for the 2023 Visitor Guide.
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