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With the city of Hamilton as the hub and a network of smaller towns across the region, each with its own charms, the Hamilton & Waikato Region has an experience to suit, whether that takes you underground, onto the water or even high in the air.

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North Waikato

The river runs deep and so does the spirit in the north Waikato, with its rich history and remarkable stories.


With its black sand, fine surfing, tranquil harbour and laidback vibe, Raglan is a unique and relatively unknown slice of Kiwi heaven.
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Hamilton City

The riverside city of Hamilton is one of the country’s fastest growing and has the attractions to go with it, whether you’re looking for family fun or a thriving nightlife.
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Waitomo Caves and Surrounds

From spectacular underground caves to the wild coast, Waitomo and its surrounding landscape offer an experience that is unlike any other.
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Set in rich farming countryside at the heart of the Hamilton & Waikato region, Cambridge with ‘Old English’ charm is packed with top galleries, cafes and stores.
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Te Awamutu and Surrounds

A classic Hamilton & Waikato farming town rich in history, the Te Awamutu area boasts fine rose gardens and two areas of outstanding scenic beauty nearby in Pirongia and Maungatautari.
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Matamata and Surrounds

The aptly themed Matamata i-SITE on the main street is a clear indication of where you are, in prime Middle-earth territory, with the Hobbiton Movie Set just down the road. With the perfect combination of hillsides and plains, Matamata, meaning headland in Maori, has its rural roots in the equine and dairying industries.
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Te Aroha

Situated 50 minutes north east of Hamilton is Te Aroha. Nestled at the foot of its mountain namesake, the historic Spa Town is famous for its natural hot soda water springs, gold mining and mountain hiking and biking trails.

South Waikato

The South Waikato is defined by its rustic rural charm and the quirky inventiveness of the locals who call the South Waikato towns of Tirau, Putaruru or Tokoroa home.