The Waikato region is rich in scenery, has a relaxed atmosphere, and a broad range of activities and attractions. Waikato is a great base for any Central North Island holiday, located 90 minutes from Auckland, Tauranga, and Rotorua.

New's Zealand's longest river, the Waikato River, carves its journey through this beautiful region. Found on the shore of this mighty river is the charming city of Hamilton. Hamilton is a city of education, parks and gardens, fine cuisine and cafes, culture and attractions. No trip to Hamilton would be complete without a visiting the Hamilton Gardens, which attracts around 600, 000 visitors annually. The Frankton Markets are popular with the locals and also visitors to Hamilton operating every Saturday morning.

Waikato River

Like other central North Island locations, Waikato has a lot of geothermic activity and hot mineral pools. Te Aroha Mineral Pools are New Zealand's original thermal mineral pools and the world's only naturally flowing hot Soda Spa pools. A great year-round place to visit.

For over 100 years millions of visitors have marvelled at the limestone glowworm caves in Waitomo. A boat ride through the labyrinth ancient limestone caverns and formations under a galaxy of tiny living lights is sure to be magical holiday memory.

Raglan beach

Exceptional surf beaches are found along the West Coast of the Waikato region. Raglan is considered one of New Zealand's premiere surf beaches and is a unique and idyllic town for holidaying.


Must see places in the Waikato:

  • Cambridge
  • Te Kuiti
  • Te Awamutu
  • Te Aroha
  • Raglan
  • Matamata
  • Kawhia
  • Huntly
  • Hamilton
  • Waitomo