About Hamilton & Waikato

Situated in the heart of the North Island the diverse Hamilton & Waikato region encompasses New Zealand's fourth largest city, the country's longest river, Hobbiton Movie Set, and the world famous Waitomo Caves with its glowworms and adventure tourism activities. Well-known for its nature-based tourism, underground adventure and off-the-beaten track experiences the Hamilton & Waikato region offers something for every traveller, from the stunning black sand surf beaches of Raglan to Hamilton's vibrant café scene and the rolling hills and majestic forests that shape the landscape.

About Hamilton & Waikato

  • Hamilton & Waikato region - Heart of the Central North Island
    Heart of the Central North

    The Hamilton & Waikato Region's proximity to other destinations makes it the perfect base for exploring the central north island. From Rotorua's thermal attractions and trout fishing at Taupo or skiing on Mt Ruapehu, to the white sand beaches of the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty and the many charms of Auckland, Hamilton city provides the gateway to some of New Zealand’s top tourist locations. more

  • Hamilton City in Hamilton & Waikato
    City Life

    At the heart of the Hamilton & Waikato region are its towns and main city of Hamilton, one of New Zealand's fastest growing and most vibrant cities. All come with great shops and galleries, fantastic eateries with top events and visitor attractions to match. more

  • Maori Culture Waikato - Hamilton & Waikato
    Rich Cultural History

    Cloaked in centuries of cultural heritage, the Hamilton and Waikato region is a magical place where history comes alive. It's a place where a proud heritage and settlement runs as deep as the river that flows through it. more

  • Waikato Wildlife in Hamilton & Waikato
    Diverse Natural Wonders

    The Hamilton & Waikato region is a unique one, blessed with natural wonders that evoke an ancient New Zealand. From the famous black sand beaches in the west and bush-clad Mt Te Aroha in the east, to the region’s cultural heart in the north and the superb Waitomo Caves in the south, the region offers up a truly diverse natural wonderland. more

Plan your trip

Don't Miss!
  1. Explore the subterranean wonders of Waitomo Caves - millions of years in the making the caves provide a playground unlike any other.

  2. Immerse yourself in a slice of Kiwi paradise - soak up Raglan’s bohemian vibe or catch a wave on one of the longest left-hand breaks in the world.

  3. Walk in Peter Jackson’s footsteps and hear how movie magic was made on a guided tour through the Hobbiton Movie Set.

  4. Enjoy the vibrant nightlife in Hamilton’s Hood St precinct with its mix of sophisticated modern urban eateries and cafes, wine bars, pubs and clubs.

  5. Experience New Zealand’s native bush and bird-life as it was hundreds of years ago at Maungatautari Ecological Reserve.