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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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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Road trips

A road less travelled: on the trail of a hot lamb sandwich

Travelling from Auckland to Wellington via Taumarunui, Napier, Gisborne and Tauranga in search of an old-fashioned Kiwi treat.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Waitomo Caves: one of the wonders of the world

Set in a weird and wonderful landscape where weathered limestone and marble outcrops form outlandish shapes on the surface, the caves are one of the wonders of the world. Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Of the sea: surfing Aotearoa

When most people imagine their idyllic beach, they think of white sand and sun-dappled water. Surfers focus on wind and swell directions and the hidden bathymetry of the seafloor. Read the story . . . 

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Top attractions in Hamilton and Waikato

The Hamilton and Waikato region is well known for its nature-based tourism, underground wonders, Middle-Earth movie sets and iconic Waikato River. Read the story . . . 

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Family fun

Balloons over Waikato: a showcase of splendour and colour

They get to the point, in this part of the world, but the simple factual accuracy of the name of this event does not do justice to its colour, glamour and excitement. Read the story . . . 

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Events and festivals

Meet the Legends of Bathurst

In January, Hampton Downs will celebrate all things Bathurst. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Five great days out with kids in Waikato

If you’re looking to get the family out for some fresh air or indulge in a sweet treat, these Waikato activities are worth exploring. Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Indulge: food and drink in Waikato

From fried chicken to retro cafés, handy road trip pitstops, secret cocktail bars or fish and chips with sea views, the Waikato region has many great options for eating out.  Read the story . . . 

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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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