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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Amisfield Motel Visit website

Tokoroa's only Pet Friendly accommodation.Amisfield Motel is in a quiet part of Tokoroa, off SH1 in a rural setting, only 2 minutes from the town centre. . . . 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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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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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 . . . 

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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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 . . . 

Pokeno Motel Visit website

Opened October 2007. Situated just 2 minutes off the Southern Motorway at the base of the Bombay Hills. Ideal stopover before or after you negotiate . . . 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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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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Activities

Must-do surf breaks

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

Waitomo Motels Woodlyn Park Visit website

Just 2 hours from Auckland, 3 minutes from Waitomo Caves, black-water rafting and Waitomo Hotel, are beautifully refurbished Train or Plane Motels, Hobbit Motels and . . . More . . . 

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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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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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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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