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.


Victoria Bridge, Waikato River © davidwallphoto.com

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Palm Court Motel Visit website

Relax at Otorohanga's newest motel, conveniently located 200m from cafes, restaurants, village shopping and railway station. Just minutes' drive to Waitomo Caves, black-water rafting, adventure . . . More . . . 

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Waitomo: sheep, caves, waterfalls and a rugby great

The golden land stretches out seemingly forever and the place sparkles in sunshine many days of the year with ripe green grass as your view. It’s terrific.   Read the story . . . 

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Caves Motor Inn Visit website

Waitomo Accommodation with restaurant. Drive no further: dine in our excellent licensed restaurant/cafe and bar. Relax in our comfortable rooms with lovely country views. . . . More . . . 

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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 . . . 

YHA Waitomo Juno Hall Visit website

We are a rurally located privately owned hostel situated 1.5km from Waitomo Village. We are directly across the road from The Black Water Rafting Company . . . More . . . 

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Otorohanga Holiday Park Visit website

Otorohanga Kiwi Holiday Park is the closest Holiday Park to the CBD. Enjoy a leisurely stroll to town facilities, through the neighbouring lake reserve. . . . More . . . 

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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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Motel Te Kuiti Visit website

Welcome to Motel Te Kuiti All of the units at Motel Te Kuiti are well appointed, cozy and include 50+ SKY TV channels. . . . More . . . 

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The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co Visit website

THE LEGENDARY BLACK WATER RAFTING COMPANY The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company is New Zealand?s first black water rafting adventure operator. . . . More . . . 

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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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Carmel Farmstays & Tours Visit website

Welcome to our large modern Country Homestead set in a picturesque limestone valley. Barbara and Leo Anselmi operate a 3500-acre sheep, beef and dairy farm. . . . More . . . 

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Five picks for a weekend in Waitomo

Get outdoors and experience the underground and overground delights of Waitomo. Read the story . . . 

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Kawhia Beachside S-Cape Holiday Park Visit website

Water's edge accommodation at affordable rates. Safe family-friendly camp. Kayak hire, BBQ and trampoline. Well-equipped communal kitchen, lounge with SKY, modern ablutions/laundry/family-wheelchair bathroom facilities. . . . 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 . . . 

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