The Waikato, and its metropolitan hub of Hamilton, are situated in the central North Island – an area renowned for nature-based tourism, rich agricultural land, foodie delights and proud Maori heritage.
Just 1½ hours from Auckland, the Hamilton and Waikato region is the perfect destination to begin or complete a New Zealand adventure with a wealth of world-class attractions on offer. Go underground and experience the subterranean wonders of the Waitomo Caves, with a playground of glowworms, black water rafting and cave exploration. Movie buffs will love our slice of the ‘real Middle-earth’ at Hobbiton Movie Set, as seen in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogies.
Hamilton is a metropolitan hub on the banks of the Waikato River, with great shopping, a vibrant arts scene, the visually stunning themed garden collections of Hamilton Gardens, award-winning restaurants and a bustling nightlife, and that’s just the start! Hamilton offers a myriad of options for every traveller.