Surf breaks, summits & subterranean worlds
The Waikato is a region defined by its geography, from the mighty Waikato River that flows right through it to the Kaimai Ranges that separate it from the Bay of Plenty and the dramatic black sand beaches of Raglan in the west. Feeling active and adventurous? Head here to take advantage of one of the best left-hand point breaks in the world at Manu Bay or go hiking up to the summit of Mt Te Aroha.
Beneath ground level you've got a stunning subterranean world at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, which alongside the Hobbiton Movie Set is one of the area's premier attractions. The region's also home to breweries like Good George, Hot Water Brewing Co. and Crafty Trout if you fancy a cold one, along with many artisan producers of gourmet cuisine. In Hamilton you'll find the delectable Duck Island Ice Cream and Zealong Tea Estate - New Zealand's only tea plantation.
Both Hamilton and Raglan feature a number of local galleries showcasing exhibitions of the region's local artists. The Waikato Museum in Hamilton is a must-visit for those interested in the Waikato's history, which is well worth delving into. On top of all this there are plenty of walking trails, like the one to Bridal Veil Falls just outside of Raglan, as well as cycling trails for all abilities. Kids will love visiting Hamilton Zoo, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari and the Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park. If you're visiting without the kids in tow, a walk through Hamilton Gardens is a great way to spend a sunny Sunday morning.
Talk to our expert travel consultants about tailoring a Waikato itinerary that takes in all the experiences you want to soak up - there's something for everyone here.