Port Waikato: where river meets sea

Those unfamiliar with New Zealand geography are often surprised to find the Waikato River, which they first met at Taupō...


Sunset Beach, Port Waikato. © Russell Street 

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Asure Barclay Motel Visit website

Located in the heart of Hamilton, Barclay Motel offers a unique 21-unit motel which has been completely renovated in 2010. Self-contained studio, 1, 2 and . . . More . . . 

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Hot Water Beach: dig your own spa pool

Drop into Hot Water Beach, a few kilometres down the coast from Whitianga and remember to take a spade: the bucket is optional, but a garden spade or contractor’s shovel is not. Read the story . . . 

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Waitomo TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

"Best location, best facilities." Walk to the glowworm cave, restaurants, museum, store, adventure activities, bushwalks, or stay at the park and relax, read, swim in . . . More . . . 

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Raglan: you don’t have to be a surfer, but it helps

Ask anyone with salt-draggled hair and the odd piercing where the best surf break in New Zealand is and there’s a fair chance they’ll name Raglan without a moment’s hesitation. Read the story . . . 

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Raglan Sunset Motel Visit website

The Raglan Sunset motel is located 100m from the water's edge and offers our guests a unique coastal-urban experience. Within walking distance from your door, . . . More . . . 

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Port Waikato: where river meets sea

Those unfamiliar with New Zealand geography are often surprised to find the Waikato River, which they first met at Taupō, cropping up again and again as they drive north. Read the story . . . 

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Mercer Backpackers Visit website

Historic Mercer Hotel Backpackers is at Mercer Airport on Koheroa Rd between SH 1 at Mercer and SH 2 at Mangatawhiri. . . . More . . . 

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The not-so-distant summit: day hikes to mountain tops

Mountain climbing doesn’t just have to be for the experienced or those inclined to take risks. There are plenty of spectacular summits in New Zealand that can be reached with little more than the right provisions, a propensity for physical exercise and common sense. Read the story . . . 

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Ascot Lodge Motel Visit website

Ascot Lodge Motel consists of 11 comfortable, clean and spacious units. Range of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom. 2 and 3-bedroom units can sleep up to . . . More . . . 

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Waitomo: sheep, caves, waterfalls and a rugby great

The golden land stretches out seemingly forever and the place sparkles in sunshine many days of the year with ripe green grass as your view. It’s terrific.   Read the story . . . 

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Colonial Court Motel Visit website

Colonial Court Motel is a modern, quiet, clean and spacious 15-unit ground-floor accommodation complex. We offer studio and 1 & 2-bedroom units in a secluded . . . More . . . 

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East Waikato: discovering Middle Earth

Driving down into the guts of The Mighty Waikato from the Kaimāī ranges you get a good look at the land as it flexes its muscles. Read the story . . . 

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Boundary Court Motor Inn Visit website

Welcome to Boundary Court Motor Inn, Hamilton , which is on the eastern side of the Waikato River. Conveniently close to the Central City, Claudelands . . . More . . . 

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Waipā: a slice of royalty in the Waikato

Cambridge, appropriately named after Prince George Duke of Cambridge, has a royal feel to it, a kind of genteel air. Read the story . . . 

Waitomo Motels Woodlyn Park Visit website

Just 2 hours from Auckland, 3 minutes from Waitomo Caves, black-water rafting and Waitomo Hotel, are beautifully refurbished Train or Plane Motels, Hobbit Motels and . . . More . . . 

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Northwest Waikato: surfing the endless wave

It’s part of the Raglan vibe that you can walk the main street and find visitors from all over the world who have come to check out the place with the longest left-hand surf breaks. Read the story . . . 

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