Explore the tranquil rural retreat that is the Waikato

The Waikato region along Waitomo offers visitors everything from caving adventures to craft galleries and is home to 'Hobbiton' as well as stunning beaches

Step into the inky blackness of ancient limestone caves and glow worms seem to appear out of the gloom before your eyes; explore the caves on foot or by boat and be transported into a magical subterranean world! Above ground the lush fertile landscape has witnessed the fierce battles of the Maori Land Wars in the 19th century. Hamilton is one of our country’s fastest growing cities and offers tranquil garden and river walks as well as a bustling metropolitan experience.

If you'revisiting the region in June don't miss Waikato National Agricultural Fieldays

National Fieldays is held over four days each June attracting in excess of 130,000 visitors from around New Zealand and internationally from 38 different countries. The exhibition and demonstration space is over 40 hectares and boasts over 1,000 exhibitors on 1400 sites.

Did you know?

Matamata, a rural Waikato town in New Zealand was the location for the Hobbiton set in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The New Zealand government decided to leave the Hobbit holes built on location as tourist attractions, since they were designed to blend seamlessly into the environment. They have no furniture, but can be entered, and vistas of the farm can be viewed from inside them. A "Welcome to Hobbiton" sign has been placed on the main road.