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 

Port Waikato Holiday Park Visit website

Discover the quiet Holidaymaker’s Oasis where the Waikato River meets the Tasman Sea. Your friendly hosts Mathew and Lisa Brown welcome you to one of . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Surfing in Raglan: surfing mecca

Catch gentle waves at Ngārunui Beach or ride the long, glassy left-hand breaks that make this spot the surfing mecca it is. Read the story . . . 

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Waitomo Lodge Visit website

Waitomo District's highest Qualmark-rated motel. Easy access to all the world-renowned activities and adventures in the Waitomo area. Motel opened March 2008. . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Waitomo Glowworm Caves: a cave aglow with lights

Glide along the Waitomo River under a magical, breathtaking canopy of thousands of glowworms. Read the story . . . 

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Otorohanga & Waitomo Motels Visit website

12 fully self-contained ground-floor units with rural outlook. Quiet units available, serviced daily. Heat pumps in all rooms. 4 studio (sleep 2-3), 5 x 1-bedroom . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Campervanning: the spontaneous way to travel

If the idea of a guided tour brings you out in spots, you’ll be wanting to bring yourself to the spots you most want to see. Read the story . . . 

Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre & Waitomo i-SITE Visit website

The Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre is located right at the heart of Waitomo village. In addition to displays, education service, collections, caving library, postal service . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

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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Matariki Motor Lodge Visit website

Welcome to Matariki Motor Lodge Te Awamutu, Waikato, New Zealand, we are Te Awamutu's newest motel complex offering spacious and quiet accommodation. . . . More . . . 

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Activities

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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Things to do

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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Microtel Lodge Visit website

Whether you're a holiday maker, a backpacker or just in Hamilton for the weekend rugby game, Microtel are pleased to be able to offer you . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

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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From $42
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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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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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