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 

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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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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Cambridge Mews Visit website

Boutique-style lodging with exceptional comfort and service for both the business person or the tourist wanting a unique stopover. Enjoy the garden and BBQ area. . . . 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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Palm Court Motel Visit website

Relax at Otorohanga's newest motel, conveniently located 200m from cafes, restaurants, village shopping and railway station. Just minutes' drive to Waitomo Caves, black-water rafting, adventure . . . 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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Glowworm Motel Visit website

9 units - 6 studio (sleep 2-3), 2 family units (sleep 5-6), 1 x 3-brm cottage (sleeps 7). Close to Waitomo Glowworm Caves. . . . 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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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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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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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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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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Hamilton Airport Hotel & Conference Centre Visit website

The Hamilton Airport Hotel & Conference Centre is conveniently located adjacent to the Hamilton International Airport terminal. The central airport location is only a short . . . 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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