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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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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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 . . . 

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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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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Beetham Park Motel Visit website

We extend a warm welcome to Beetham Park Motel in Hamilton. If you are visiting Hamilton for business, pleasure, sport or an event, we can . . . 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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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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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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Broadway Motel & Miro Court Villas Visit website

MATAMATA'S ONLY MOTEL IN THE CENTRE OF TOWN, with motel units to suit most budgets.20 units, standard, deluxe, executive. Studio, 1 and 2-bedroom. . . . More . . . 

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Lake Point Motel Visit website

Welcome to LAKE POINT MOTEL. We are perfectly situated within 1km of the city centre, restaurants, casino, sports facilities (Seddon and Gallagher Park), Founders Theatre . . . 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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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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