About Waikato

Where is Waikato?

Nestled in lush countryside, the Waikato region is located in the central North Island.

What is Waikato famous for?

The Waikato region is renowned for its greenery and agricultural produce. Volcanic activity has enriched the soil, producing lush grass for raising thoroughbred horses, dairy cattle and exotic timber.

At locations where the underground rocks are still hot, mineral springs often rise and are tapped for bathing and drinking. Hamilton is the commercial centre of the region and has become a farming, industrial, financial and educational centre.

The Hauraki Rail Trail is increasingly becoming popular with tourists.

10 things to do in Waikato

  1. Hauraki Rail Trail. Paeroa, Waihi, Te Aroha.

  2. M.V. Waipa Delta Paddleboat. Hamilton. The Waipa Delta offers a unique dining and cruising experience on New Zealand's longest river - the mighty Waikato.

  3. Waitomo Caves. Discover the magic that has been attracting visitors for over 100 years. Journey through a labyrinth of ancient limestone caverns and formations, marvel at Mother Nature's delights

  4. Hamilton Gardens is New Zealand's most popular garden attraction with over 1.3 million visitors each year. The most popular features are the Chinese Scholar's Garden and English Flowers.

  5. A day trip to Te-Aroha. New Zealand's original thermal mineral pools and the world's only naturally flowing hot soda spa pools and geyser. Take a walk up Mt Te-Aroha.

  6. Te Kuiti. The Waitomo District has something special for everyone. If you're after action, experience awesome adventure by going black-water rafting, abseiling or exploring the caves!

  7. Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park. At the Otorohanga Kiwi House, every visitor is assured of seeing kiwi on the guided tour of the nocturnal house.

  8. Hot-air ballooning is a unique adventure. You rise gently above Hamilton and float across the green pastures of the Waikato. On a clear day you can see the distant snow-capped mountains.

  9. Adventure quad biking. Waitomo Big Red is New Zealand's ultimate quad biking adventure! Get off the beaten track for a 4X4 off-road adventure. Little and b ig kids love it!

  10. Raglan and Whitianga are popular holiday destinations on the coast with renowned beaches. Raglan is a great surfing beach.

Other popular things to do are:

  • Visit to Candyland in Taupiri.

  • Jet boating.

  • Hamilton Gardens.

  • Shopping.

  • Hamilton's Sky City for entertainment.

  • Waikato's World Show. Family entertainment.

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