The inland city of Hamilton is dominated by the mighty Waikato River running through its centre. River boat cruising, walking trails, botanical gardens and a giant free flight aviary are just a few of the attractions the city has to offer.
Further south, Waitomo is famous for its subterranean splendour. Beneath the surface resides a vast network of caves. There are many ways to explore this underground world from a relaxing boat ride through a glowworm grotto, to a more adventurous journey deep into a lost world.
After your caving adventure, stop at Otorohanga Kiwi House and meet our national bird or head out to the coastal town of Kawhia, where hot water bubbles up through the sand.