The lush, rolling green hills, the black sand beaches perfect for surfing and the underground wonders of Waikato region are what make it a must-visit destination in New Zealand. Spanning a substantial part of the North Island, Waikato is bounded by the Tasman Sea on the West and has sweeping fertile plains to the East. This region has so much on offer that it promises to be a memorable trip for anyone who embraces its diversity.
Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata
If you’ve ever wondered if the beautiful Shire from the movies The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, was real, Waikato is that exact part of New Zealand where the films were shot. The verdant natural beauty of Matamata made it the perfect location for the adorable Hobbiton village which you can visit!
Black Beach Surfing in Raglan
Raglan is a surfer’s mecca, where, if you catch the right wave you can surf for up to two kilometers! Manu Bay is considered to be the most accessible and longest left-hand break in the world.
Underground Wonders and Rafting in Waitomo
Explore the famous Waitomo Caves to find transcendent, natural stalactites and stalagmites softly lit in the blue light of the resident glowworms. Indulge in the black water rafting and abseiling for an adventurous edge to your journey.
Cycling, Walking and Hiking in Waikato
The scenic region has many wonderful trails, overnight bush excursions as well as mountain biking tracks for those looking to stretch their limbs. The ancient, well-preserved Maungatautari Ecological Reserve, where pests have been eradicated, is a great place to do just this. Enjoy walking the banks of the Waikato River or visit the Botanical gardens
Food, Shopping and Nightlife
In Hamilton, a vibrant shopping and clubbing culture will keep you buzzing with energy. Enjoy fine wines from the region, exciting entertainment as well as dine at award-winning places. Or take a hot air balloon ride for an aerial view of the abundant splendor. Shop for antiques in scenic Cambridge or visit Hamilton for the annual Fieldays agricultural show.
Lots more to do as well in this interesting scenic region.