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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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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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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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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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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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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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 . . . 

Hobbiton Movie Set Tours Visit website

Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire that featured in the Peter Jackson directed . . . More . . . 

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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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Ascot Lodge Motel Visit website

Ascot Lodge Motel consists of 11 comfortable, clean and spacious units. Range of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom. 2 and 3-bedroom units can sleep up to . . . More . . . 

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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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Gardena Court Motel Visit website

Gardena Court Motel is located at 257 Ulster Street, just minutes from Hamilton's excellent shops, nightlife, restaurants, sporting venues, Waterworld swimming complex, and within walking . . . More . . . 

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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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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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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 . . . 

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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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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