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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Club House Visit website

The Clubhouse is set in 250acres of rolling greeen Waikato farmland and features360 degree panoramic views of rural countryside framed by distant mountain ranges.You may . . . 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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Caves Motor Inn Visit website

Waitomo Accommodation with restaurant. Drive no further: dine in our excellent licensed restaurant/cafe and bar. Relax in our comfortable rooms with lovely country views. . . . 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 . . . 

Carmel Farmstays & Tours Visit website

Welcome to our large modern Country Homestead set in a picturesque limestone valley. Barbara and Leo Anselmi operate a 3500-acre sheep, beef and dairy farm. . . . 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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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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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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