The Hamilton – Waikato region is known for its rolling green hills and expansive Waikato River. A centre for dairy farming, as you drive through the region it's easy to spot numerous farms and gentle herds of cows.

Waikato is home to a number of scenic walks which travel through nature and sometimes traverse mountains. Travel a short distance from Hamilton to Te Aroha to try the Te Aroha Mountain Track. A return trip takes just under 5 hours, on a fine day you’ll be rewarded with views of the sprawling countryside.

If you like the idea of traveling river side and experiencing crystal clear streams, the Te Waihou Walkway is not to be missed. Begin the walk just outside of Putaruru and see where almost 70% of New Zealand water comes from.

Another excellent walk in the region is the Maungatautari Ecological Island Reserve. Experience twittering birds, lush green pest-free forest and take in stunning views over the surrounding land.

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