Indulge: food and drink in Waikato

This retro delight is nestled behind a charming collection of shops and business on Lovegrove Lane (off Hamilton’s vibrant Grey Street).


Dinner at Winner Winner. © Winner Winner NZ

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Raglan Sunset Motel Visit website

The Raglan Sunset motel is located 100m from the water's edge and offers our guests a unique coastal-urban experience. Within walking distance from your door, . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Raglan: you don’t have to be a surfer, but it helps

Ask anyone with salt-draggled hair and the odd piercing where the best surf break in New Zealand is and there’s a fair chance they’ll name Raglan without a moment’s hesitation. Read the story . . . 

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Tuakau Hotel Visit website

Let historic Tuakau Hotel's elegance embrace you. Each of the 10 hotel rooms and 6 apartments has its own climate control to suit your personal needs. . . . More . . . 

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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, cropping up again and again as they drive north. 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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Northwest Waikato: surfing the endless wave

It’s part of the Raglan vibe that you can walk the main street and find visitors from all over the world who have come to check out the place with the longest left-hand surf breaks. 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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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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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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Activities

Must-do surf breaks

We've picked five of New Zealand's best surf beaches for Kiwis. Read the story . . . 

YHA Raglan, Solscape Eco Retreat

YHA Raglan, Solscape Eco Retreat offers unique budget accommodation for the travelling surfer, backpacker, family or large group. This hostel is situated in Raglan on . . . 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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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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