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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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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Natural attractions

Admire the magnificent Blue Spring at Te Waihou Walkway

Set in the heart of South Waikato, the Blue Spring is a source of water so clear and pure it supplies around 60% of New Zealand’s bottled water.   Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Pick your own fruit

Make the most of the season’s bounty by picking your own selection of berries and summer fruits.   Read the story . . . 

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Events and festivals

Slide into summer at Soundsplash

A laid-back festival in chilled out Raglan is the epitome of a classic Kiwi summer, which is why Soundsplash is so popular.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Find zen at Zealong Tea Estate

Slow down and enjoy the ancient rituals of a tea ceremony at Zealong Tea Estate in Waikato.  Read the story . . . 

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Events and festivals

Dress up for the Hamilton Sevens

The Sevens is a rugby tournament with just as much action off the pitch as there is on it.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Fish n' chips and L&P on the beach

From Ahipara to Ahuriri; Mangonui to the Mount; Paihia to Piha – New Zealand is spoilt for spots to enjoy fish and chips by the sea.  Read the story . . . 

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Events and festivals

Bring your crew to the cricket

Summer afternoons filled with thrilling international sports – it must be cricket. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Find a fantastical world of foliage in Hamilton

At Hamilton Gardens you can have a real-life Alice in Wonderland experience.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Hit the race track at Hampton Downs

Unleash your inner racer on the go-kart track at Hampton Downs in Waikato Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Discover New Zealand’s most beautiful waterfall in Waitomo

In the heart of the Waitomo District, you’ll find Marokopa Falls – one of the most beautiful waterfalls in New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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Go on an underground adventure at Nikau Cave

Head deep into the countryside at the northern edge of the Waikato, and you’ll discover one of the prettiest glowworm caves in New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Find gold-mining heritage in the Waikato

Explore the remnants of gold-mining history in the Waiorongomai Valley on the outskirts of Waikato’s Te Aroha.  Read the story . . . 

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