Five great days out with kids in the Waikato

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


Sweet treats at Duck Island Ice Cream. © Hamilton Waikato

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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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Natural attractions

Hot Water Beach: dig your own spa pool

Drop into Hot Water Beach, a few kilometres down the coast from Whitianga and remember to take a spade: the bucket is optional, but a garden spade or contractor’s shovel is not. 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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Activities

East Waikato: discovering Middle Earth

Driving down into the guts of The Mighty Waikato from the Kaimāī ranges you get a good look at the land as it flexes its muscles. Read the story . . . 

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The Club House Visit website

The Clubhouse is set in 250acres of rolling greeen Waikato farmland and features360 degree panoramic views of rural countryside framed by distant mountain ranges.You may . . . 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 . . . 

Morrinsville Motel

17 units of various sizes,all recently refurbished with 5 brand new hotel style units.Swimming Pool and Spa Pool. Wireless available.Short walk to town's shops, restaurants . . . 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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Eldonwood Bed & Breakfast

Eldonwood Bed & Breakfast offers luxury accommodation located in a beautiful setting just a few minutes from Matamata's main centre. It is an ideal option . . . More . . . 

Central Motor Lodge

CENTRAL MOTOR LODGE AND CONFERENCE CENTRE is Morrinsville's newest, upmarket motel, offering apartment-style accommodation in rural Waikato, ideal for family holidays and for the discerning . . . More . . . 

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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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Matamata Central Motel

MATAMATA'S NEWEST MOTEL... Matamata Central Motel is your ideal accommodation provider for overnight stays while travelling through, or for staying in Matamata for the Hobbit experience. . . . More . . . 

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