Waikato region, situated in the heart of the North Island, is renowned for its rolling green hills, dairy farming, innovation and the Waikato River, with Hamilton as its main urban center.
The region is home to Hobbiton Movie Set, the permanent set created for the The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies.
At the world famous Waitomo Caves experience a labyrinth of caves, sinkholes and underground rivers, amazing stalactites and stalagmites and cave walls decorated with native glow worms.
The black sand surf beach of Raglan is a popular destination for artists, surfers and holiday makers alike. Spot orcas in the bay whilst enjoying a glass of wine in one of the local hubs. In Raglan lies the world-famous surf break Manu Bay. The long, peeling left-hand break, said to offer one of the longest rides in the world.
Kawhia’s natural hot pools are the regions best kept secret! Not many people know about the Te Puia hot pools that bubble up out of the sand onto the ocean-beach.
Hamilton is home to Waikato University and has a vibrant café and restaurant scene. Hamilton is New Zealand’s fourth largest city. Also a great place for a bit of retail therapy.
Waikato is also home to beauty and massage pampering at plenty of its local spas and hot pools. Click here to see all spas located in Waikato