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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Waitomo Motels Woodlyn Park Visit website

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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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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Otorohanga & Waitomo Motels Visit website

12 fully self-contained ground-floor units with rural outlook. Quiet units available, serviced daily. Heat pumps in all rooms. 4 studio (sleep 2-3), 5 x 1-bedroom . . . 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 . . . 

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Glowworm Motel Visit website

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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From $125
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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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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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Waitomo Lodge Visit website

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

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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Waitomo TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

"Best location, best facilities." Walk to the glowworm cave, restaurants, museum, store, adventure activities, bushwalks, or stay at the park and relax, read, swim in . . . 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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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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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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