If the Shire is at the heart of Middle-earth, then the Hamilton & Waikato region is at the heart of the Shire.

The Hamilton & Waikato region is home to the iconic and magical Hobbiton Movie Set – where visitors are instantly transported into The Shire as it is seen in The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies.

Waikato River - Hamilton & Waikato

The Hamilton & Waikato region is perfectly situated to explore the central north island of New Zealand. Only 1.5 hours South of Auckland, and within 2 hours of most other destination hot spots such as Rotorua, Taupo, Mt Ruapehu and the Coromandel regions.

Basing yourself in the Hamilton & Waikato region will allow visitors to experience movie magic at Hobbiton Movie Set, taste the famous New Zealand adventure activities with the likes of underground Black Water Rafting in Waitomo, be immersed in the Maori culture, or ride some world famous waves in Raglan.

The Hamilton & Waikato region stretches from the west coast beaches of Port Waikato in the north down to the south Waikato community of Tokoroa encompassing townships such as Raglan, Kawhia, Otorohanga and Waitomo along the way. New Zealand’s fourth largest city, Hamilton, lies in the heart of the region with Te Aroha and Matamata stretching east to the base of the Kaimai ranges.

The region’s size means visitors are spoilt for choice with a variety of activities and free attractions on offer. Known for its nature based tourism, the Hamilton & Waikato region boasts a number of walking and cycling, with relaxing mineral spas to match.

A range of accommodation will appeal to most with everything from back packers to luxury lodges, eco style dwellings, and hands-on farm stays for a truly local experience.