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...


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Cambridge Mews Visit website

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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 . . . 

Hamilton Gardens Visit website

Telling the story of gardens through themed garden collections, Hamilton Gardens explores different civilisations , and recreates historically important garden styles from the farthest reaches . . . 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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Aspen Manor Motel Visit website

Aspen Manor is a spacious 31 unit motel. Set in a quiet suburban location. You are ASSURED OF A QUIET night's sleep. . . . 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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Fountain City Motor Inn Visit website

Only 5 minutes from Hamilton City. A superb motel with 21 units, serviced daily; studio units (sleep up to 2), standard units (sleep up to . . . 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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Number 1 Motels on Victoria Visit website

No1 Motels on Victoria (now under new management) is located in the heart of Cambridge, Waikato, New Zealand. No1 Motels has a range of modern . . . 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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Motel Te Kuiti Visit website

Welcome to Motel Te Kuiti All of the units at Motel Te Kuiti are well appointed, cozy and include 50+ SKY TV channels. . . . 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 . . . 

The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co Visit website

THE LEGENDARY BLACK WATER RAFTING COMPANY The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company is New Zealand?s first black water rafting adventure operator. . . . 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 . . . 

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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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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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