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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Natural attractions

South Waikato: bliss in the farmlands

Oxford was the name first given to the small South Waikato town of Tīrau, a place that peeps out from the strong arms of Kiwi farming country. 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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Hamilton: what’s not to love?

New Zealand’s longest river charges through the Waikato for 425 kilometres and for 16 of those, it makes its way through Hamilton, our biggest inland city. 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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Natural attractions

Franklin: coast to coast charm

Boasting cafés, vineyards, farmers’ markets and beaches; a vintage steam railway, even a racing car track – there’s an awful lot to do in this bucolic corner of the country. 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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Heritage and history

New Zealand on film: more than hobbits and snowy mountainscapes

Movies have put New Zealand on the map. But there's much more to New Zealand film than The Lord of the Rings... 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

Must-do surf breaks

We've picked five of New Zealand's best surf beaches for Kiwis. Read the story . . . 

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Gardena Court Motel Visit website

Gardena Court Motel is located at 257 Ulster Street, just minutes from Hamilton's excellent shops, nightlife, restaurants, sporting venues, Waterworld swimming complex, and within walking . . . More . . . 

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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Road trips

Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

How about an epic roadie straight down the North Island to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . . 

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Motel Six Visit website

REST FOR LESS. 10 minutes walk to town centre. 5 minutes walk to supermarket, riverside walks and golf range. 15 minutes walk to Founders Theatre . . . More . . . 

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