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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Panorama Motor Inn

Situated in the heart of the King Country. On the edge of Waitomo's tourist attractions with panoramic views over Te Kuiti. . . . More . . . 

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Waitomo: sheep, caves, waterfalls and a rugby great

  Writer Aimie Cronin explores the golden land and ripe green grasses of Waitomo. Read the story . . . 

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Caves Motor Inn

Waitomo Accommodation with restaurant. Drive no further: dine in our? excellent licensed restaurant/café & bar. Relax in our comfortable rooms? with lovely country views.?? Situated . . . More . . . 

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Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

What have you got on the boil, friend? How about an epic roadie straight down the guts of the North Island of New Zealand to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . . 

The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co

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

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Carmel Farmstays & Tours

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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A road less travelled: on the trail of a hot lamb sandwich

Johanna Bennett takes the road less travelled from Auckland to Wellington via Taumarunui, Napier, Gisborne and Tauranga.  Read the story . . . 

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Glowworm Motel

9 units - 6 studio (sleep 2-3), 2 family units (sleep 5-6), 1 x 3-brm cottage (sleeps 7). Close to Waitomo Glowworm Caves. . . . More . . . 

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Waitomo Lodge

Waitomo District's highest Qualmark-rated motel. Easy access to all the world-renowned activities and adventures in the Waitomo area. Motel opened March 2008. . . . More . . . 

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Waitomo Caves: one of the wonders of the world

You don’t have to be half-man/half-worm to enjoy the wonders of Waitomo.  Read the story . . . 

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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

THE WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the . . . More . . . 

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Get outside: 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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Waitomo Motels Woodlyn Park

Just 2 hours from Auckland, 3 minutes from Waitomo Caves, black-water rafting and Waitomo Hotel, are beautifully refurbished Train or Plane Motels, Hobbit Motels and . . . 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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