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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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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Tudor Motor Lodge Visit website

QUIET, AFFORDABLE AND CENTRAL. Every unit has air-conditioner. Close to CBD, Walking distance to Wintec, Seddon Park and Waikato Stadium. 5 mins to Waikato Hospital . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

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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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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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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Panorama Motor Inn Visit website

Situated in the heart of the King Country. On the edge of Waitomo's tourist attractions with panoramic views over Te Kuiti. . . . 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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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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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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Cambrian Lodge Motel Visit website

Most AFFORDABLE Motel in Cambridge. Clean & Comfortable. 100% Kiwi owned and operated. Onsite Pool & Spa, VERY popular with families 11 ground-floor units - . . . More . . . 

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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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 . . . 

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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