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Hamilton & Waikato

The Hamilton & Waikato Region is situated in the North Island of New Zealand. The region’s main city of Hamilton provides an ideal gateway to the wider region and the visitor hotspots of the Central North Island with domestic flights to most New Zealand destinations and excellent roading links.  find out more

Hamilton & Waikato

The Hamilton & Waikato Region is situated in the North Island of New Zealand. The region’s main city of Hamilton provides an ideal gateway to the wider region and the visitor hotspots of the Central North Island with domestic flights to most New Zealand destinations and excellent roading links.  find out more

Middle-earth Movie Magic

Middle-earth Movie Magic

If the Shire is at the heart of Middle-earth, then the Hamilton & Waikato region is at the heart of the Shire. When scouting around for settings for his epic three movie adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Kiwi director Peter Jackson found just what he was looking for in the green rolling paddocks, rugged limestone outcrops and underground caverns of the Hamilton & Waikato region.

The bucolic setting for the Shire, home of the hobbits, including Bag End and the Party tree standing majestically over the lake, was right here nestled on a sheep farm near the Waikato town of Matamata, just waiting for Sir Peter Jacksons magical director’s touch. Along with other filming locations such as Trollshaw Forest, Weathertop Hollow and more.

Explore Middle-earth using our interactive map here



Upcoming Events

Hamilton Events - Whats on in Hamilton
Jimmy Barnes
Tuesday 25th November

The legendary Jimmy Barnes brings his 30:30 Hindsight Tour to Claudelands Arena on 25th November for a rocking night ... more

Waikato Events - Events in Hamilton
The Seekers
Friday 28th November

Australian super group The Seekers will perform their 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee Tour at Claudelands Arena on 28... more

Hamilton Events - Events in Waikato
Fight For Life
Saturday 6th December

NZ’s biggest live boxing event, Fight For Life, is being held at Claudelands Arena on 6th December, featuring Joseph ... more

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Plan your trip

Te Awamutu Museum
Te Awamutu Museum

Te Awamutu Museum is a central gathering place where local residents and visitors to the area come to experience Waipa's history, art, ideas and culture. Our permanent exhibitions explore treasured moments in Waipa... more

LaValla Estate
LaValla Estate

Set on over 40 Hectares of rolling farmland "LaValla" provides a beautiful and tranquil location with much to offer. The combination of old and new is most evident with LaValla House (the old school house) sitting as ... more

Maungakawa Views New Zealand Farmstays
Maungakawa Views New Zealand Farmstays

Enjoy a relaxing holiday in your private accommodation. Genuine kiwi farming experience, or simply relax to enjoy the views in peace & quiet. You'll be staying at the top of a beautiful tranquil valley with stunning... more

Visit i-SITE Visitor Centres for on-the-ground friendly and free information on local attractions, transport and accommodation. more

Hamilton & Waikato

The Hamilton & Waikato Region is situated in the North Island of New Zealand. The region’s main city of Hamilton provides an ideal gateway to the wider region and the visitor hotspots of the Central North Island with domestic flights to most New Zealand destinations and excellent roading links.  find out more

Hamilton, New Zealand

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