Rolling green hills, spectacular limestone caves and black sand surf beaches surrounds Hamilton’s vibrant city hub. Experience it all at these top spots.
Embark on the ultimate evening of Middle-earth magic at Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata with an evening dinner tour. Discover Bag End, the Party Tree and the Green Dragon Inn on a guided tour before enjoying a banquet feast in the Green Dragon dining room. Standard guided tours also run throughout the day.
Beneath the green farmland of Waitomo lies a subterranean maze of spectacular limestone caverns. Take a guided tour into the heart of the Waitomo Caves and be amazed by the limestone formations and huge cavern before exiting via boat-ride under thousands of twinkling glowworms.
West of Hamilton lies Raglan, a beautifully scenic stretch of black sand coastline. Featuring in the 1966 surfing movie Endless Summer, Raglan is a surfing mecca and is home to one of the longest and most consistent left-handers in the world. See what all the fuss is about with a surf lesson from the Raglan Surf School.
Visit New Zealand’s only tea plantation, Zealong Tea Estate, and indulge in a delicious high tea experience. Crafted by passionate tea masters, Zealong tea is one of the purest teas in the world and is grown organically in the rich soil of the Waikato region.
A haven for a myriad of New Zealand’s most endangered bird species, Sanctuary Mountain is a mainland ‘island’ created by a pest-proof fence. Get up close to takahe, tuatara, giant weta and kaka amidst the beauty of Mount Maungatautari, an ancient forested volcano.
Soak up the beauty of New Zealand’s longest river, the Waikato, running through the heart of the Hamilton region with the Waikato River Explorer wine-tasting cruise. Journey along the river on a boat cruise as you indulge in the delicious wines of Mystery Creek or Vilagrad Winery.
Soak up the rich arts and culture of the Hamilton-Waikato region at Waikato Museum. Highlights include a majestic war waka (Maori canoe), galleries featuring local artwork and the Waikato WW1 story, ‘For Us They Fell’. Then head to the region's most visited attraction, the Hamilton Gardens that tell the Story of Gardens through themed garden collections from different civilisations.
Venture through the centre of the North Island on The Timber Trail, an 87-kilometre cycle trail that winds through the Pureora Forest. Tracing the path of old logging roads, the trail features remnants of the region’s logging history as well as ancient trees, native forest and the eight huge suspension bridges.