Activities and Attractions / Waikato

Franklin - a region for Tourism link

The Franklin Tourism Group
+64 22 091 5165
+64 22 091 5165
Groups and Free Independent Travelers
Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Other
Adventure Activity registered

Discover one of the North Island’s unique and relatively unexplored destinations, in and around the Mighty Waikato.
With its lush fertile farmland, quiet rustic rural towns, rugged western coastline of Port Waikato to Awhitu (Manukau Heads), the scenic seabird coastline of the Manukau and Firth of Thames, plus our rich history and culture, Franklin has so much to offer domestic and international travellers.

Situated close to the junctions of State Highway 1 and 2, 45 min from Auckland International Airport, this area provides the perfect place to start or finish your New Zealand journey. Franklin particularly appeals to the young to mature traveller, who seeks adventure, away from the crowds.

Activities and Attractions / Waikato

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari link

Jessica Meade
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari which is fondly known by locals as ‘the maunga’, is a very special place to visit due to the sheer enormity of the project, at 3400 hectares, the maunga is by far the largest pest-proof fenced project in the world. This extraordinary pest-proof fence is 47km long and offers a safe haven for many of New Zealand’s most endangered species including kiwi, takahē, tuatara and kaka. It’s location in the central North Island of mainland New Zealand makes this an accessible destination for visitors.

Activities and Attractions / Waikato

The Red Barnlink

The Red Barn is a unique, privately-owned group dining venue located on a picturesque 500-acre Dairy Farm in the Waikato region. Combining rustic charm, exceptional attention to detail and friendly Kiwi hospitality. The historical Red Barn has stunning 360-degree views of the Kaimai Ranges, Mount Maungatautari and the greater Waikato countryside and is Centrally located between Hamilton, Cambridge, Tauranga and Rotorua. Offering exceptional group dining, including delicious morning and afternoon tea’s, country style lunches and numerous dinner options. Dairy Farm Tours are also available exclusively for groups. The Red Barn also offers an exclusive ‘Taste of Waikato’ six-course degustation experience.

Activities and Attractions / Waikato

Lake District Adventureslink

Sally Hastie
Groups and Free Independent Travelers
Adventure Activity registered

Lake District Adventures is a small, family run business located in the South Waikato region on the shores of stunning Lake Karapiro. We offer mountain bike, kayak and SUP hire, along with kayak glow worm tours and guided mountain bike tours. We also provide shuttle services along the Waikato River Trail and to other trails in surrounding areas.
We are committed to delivering superior customer service in every instance. To us, our customers are our number one priority and we aim to pay meticulous attention to each and everyone's needs and wants. We are privileged to be able to share our amazing local area and strive to offer the highest levels of professionalism and experience.

Activities and Attractions / Waikato

Waitomo Adventures Ltdlink

Nick Andreef
07 878 7788
Groups and Free Independent Travelers
Adventure Activity registered

We provide only “slow” tourism. Our emphasis is on quality not throughput.
Over 30 years ago Waitomo Adventures pioneered the fantastic Lost World as a new kind
of exciting adventure.
Its huge success led us to establish our unique range of six amazing underground adventures.
This means we can help clients to find the caving activity most suited to them.
Our safety record is exemplary with systems proven over many years.
Our activities are both Qualmark and Outdoorsmark certified.
If you enjoy unspoilt nature on her own terms & if you want a challenging & rewarding experience these adventures are for you

Activities and Attractions / Waikato

Cornerstone Alpaca Studlink

Sonja , Xiaoxue, Herman
Groups and Free Independent Travelers
Mandarin, Cantonese, German, Other

Cornerstone Alpaca Stud (est.2006) offers the unique experience to get up close and personal with NZ's cutest and fluffiest Alpacas. Our fun-filled Farm Tours run 3 times a day at 11am, 1pm and 3pm 6 days a week where we share our passion with our visitors. Farm Tours are suitable for both large and small groups on one of the largest NZ alpaca farms. Visitors will learn what makes these adorable animals so special and get an exclusive chance to feed the alpacas in their paddocks. We offer various packages to suit everyone. Contact us for more information. Our shop offers a large variety of NZ made alpaca products. We are conveniently located on a popular tourist route.

Activities and Attractions / Waikato

Hobbiton Movie Setlink

Henry Horne
07 888 1505
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

Join us and experience the real Middle-earth™ at the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, where, in the heart of the Waikato region, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire™, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did. Your guide will then escort you around the 12 acre set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made.

To conclude your Middle-earth™ experience, you will visit the world-famous Green Dragon™ Inn, where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit™ Southfarthing™ beverage.

Activities and Attractions / Waikato

Glowing Adventureslink

Michelle Boddie
07 8787234
Groups and Free Independent Travelers
Adventure Activity registered

Our awesome Waitomo adventure is tucked away “off the beaten track” on our family farm and we LOVE it that way and so do our guests.
Avoid the tourist crowds - our 3 hour guided tours are for small and private group tours.
You can explore magical glow worm displays and stunning limestone formations in their purest form and at your own pace.
With no concrete paths or electric lighting, this is a genuine wilderness experience.
Our staff are friendly and approachable, so there is never a worry with a special request, advice on what to do, or just general chit chat.

Activities and Attractions / Waikato

Hamilton Gardenslink

Explore magical enclosed gardens that tell the intriguing story of how gardens from around the globe reflect different civilisations.

From our humble beginnings as a city rubbish dump, the 54 hectares of Hamilton Gardens now includes 21 themed gardens that have an internationally unique concept. Take a tour with one of our experienced volunteer guides who will share the secrets on how a community has created such a special attraction in the heart of a city. This all-season tour takes 75 minutes and includes our most popular enclosed gardens.

Activities and Attractions / Waikato

Camjet link

Aaron Crossan
Groups and Free Independent Travelers
Mandarin, Japanese, German, French, Spanish
Adventure Activity registered

Jet boat NZ with Camjet Cambridge.
Your jet boat NZ experience will be one to remember with Camjet.
Founded in 1998 and based in the small town of Cambridge, New Zealand. Camjet is a NZ owner-operated business and a trusted adventure tourism company for people to enjoy, discover and book an unique jet boat tour on the Waikato River.
Brief Explanation:
We offer you a jet boat NZ experience along the Mighty Waikato River. Enjoy the stunning and breath-taking scenery and learn about the history of the region. Choose from a slower Eco River Cruise or an Extreme Jet Boat Tour.
Our jet boats depart from Riverside Park, Dominion Ave, Cambridge - < 1 km from Cambridge town center, I-site and bus stop