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Experiences

A geographically and culturally diverse area, the Hamilton & Waikato region has a range of activities and attractions to suit all ages and tastes - from surfing world-class breaks and crawling through caves to wine tasting and heritage trails. Check out the articles below for a more in-depth look at some of the region’s top activities & attractions.

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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.
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Cycling

A trip to the Hamilton & Waikato region isn’t complete without a few days spent exploring by bike. There are hundreds of kilometres of trail to discover, offering riders a close-up look at the region's picturesque scenery and fascinating past.
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Free Attractions

The diverse Hamilton & Waikato region provides an abundance of free activities and attractions so you can experience the wonders and hidden gems of the region on any budget.
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Walking & Hiking Trails

From casual strolls along the river to overnight bush excursions and winding mountain tracks the Hamilton & Waikato region has a variety of great walking trails to suit everyone.
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Family Fun

Make the most of family outings and holidays with the abundance of family-friendly activities in the region, whether it’s urban adventures, the great outdoors, water experiences or getting up close and personal with wildlife.
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Underground Adventure

Millions of years in the making, the region’s caves, including the world-famous ones at Waitomo, provides a playground unlike any other.
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Water Activities

Whether kayaking, surfing, river cruising, fishing or soaking in natural hot springs, water activities abound in the Hamilton & Waikato region.
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Metropolitan Vibe

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.
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Culture and Heritage

How better to experience a region than by its culture? And in the Hamilton and Waikato region, a rich Maori and Pakeha heritage means you can really feel like you’ve imbibed the spirit of the place. The Hamilton & Waikato region is a place where a proud heritage and settlement runs as deep as the river that flows through it.
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Natural Habitat

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.
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Golf

Fancy some relaxation in the form of a leisurely round of golf as part of your holiday? Look no further than the Hamilton & Waikato region, which boasts numerous courses within a short drive from each other.
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Indulgence

With its rolling hills and tranquil waterways, the Hamilton & Waikato region offers the perfect setting for indulgence and luxury. With the demands of everyday life, everyone deserves a little (or a lot) of indulgence now and then – so go on, reward yourself.
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Rural Living

Wherever you look in the region’s wide rural spaces, there are signs that you are in the heart of New Zealand’s richest agricultural area.
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Museum Trail Guide

With the Museum Trail Guide taking in the Hamilton & Waikato region and surrounding areas Coromandel and Taupo, you can step back in time and immerse yourself in the colorful stories, strong history, and unique collections of the region.
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The Waikato War Driving Tour

The Waikato War was fought from 1863 – 64 between British forces and supporters of the Kingitanga over the fertile farmland of the Waikato region.