Hamilton & Waikato

  The diverse Waikato region encompasses the world-famous Waitomo Caves, the legendary black sand surf beaches of Raglan and a slice of the real Middle-earth at Hobbiton™ Movie Set.

The region is well-known for its nature-based activities, with wildlife reserves such as Sanctuary Mountain, three of the New Zealand Cycle Trail’s ‘Great Rides’ and the iconic Waikato River all showcasing the region’s picturesque landscapes and natural attractions. Not to mention the rugged west coast beaches and rolling green farmland and ancient bush-clad mountains that shape the landscape. With a vibrant foodie scene and bustling nightlife, our metropolitan hub of Hamilton is also home to an array of funky laneways, designer boutiques and local galleries.

The region is particularly popular with FIT clientele and repeat visitors to New Zealand with time to explore some of the country’s hidden gems and exceptional cuisine. The awe-inspiring glowworm displays and subterranean adventures of Waitomo Caves, the visually stunning themed garden collections of Hamilton Gardens and the movie magic found on a guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set, are also key stops for many cruise and coach tour companies.

Just 1.5 hours drive south of Auckland International Airport, Hamilton is the ideal location to base visitors for the first or last nights in their North Island itineraries with a range of quality accommodation options on offer.



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