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Waikato Region

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Just south of Auckland lies Waikato Region, an area with a temperate climate and swathes of lush, green farmland. Hike around the foothills and pastures where Peter Jackson filmed "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit," or head underground into the vast and numerous cave systems. Whether you're an expert or want something a little more placid, you'll find plenty of outdoorsy things to do in Waikato Region. A rich biodiversity entertains nature lovers and birdwatchers, while the coastline offers some of the country's best surfing locations. Customize your holiday with our New Zealand online itinerary planner to create an adventure that suits you.
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Places to visit in Waikato Region

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Popular things to do in Waikato Region

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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours Taupo
4.9
Duration: 3 hours
Huka Falls Walkway
Waterfall
Huka Falls Walkway Taupo
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports Whitianga
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Cave
Waitomo Glowworm Caves Waitomo Caves
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes

Hidden gems in Waikato Region

Taupo Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Taupo Museum Taupo
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Maori Rock Carvings ©
Landmark
Maori Rock Carvings Taupo
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing Taupo
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Lake Taupo ©
Water Body
Lake Taupo Taupo
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Waikato Region

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Craters of the Moon ©
Geologic Formation
Craters of the Moon Taupo
3.7
Duration: 2 hours
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Hot Spring
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave Taupo District
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Spring
Hot Water Beach Hot Water Beach
3.8
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Waikato Region

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Huka Prawn Park ©
Theme Park
Huka Prawn Park Taupo
3.4
Duration: 2 hours
Huka Honey Hive ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Huka Honey Hive Taupo
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Hamilton Zoo ©
Zoo
Hamilton Zoo Hamilton
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort ©
Water Park
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort Taupo
3.8
Duration: 2h 30 min

Trails in Waikato Region

Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Hiking Trail
Cathedral Cove Walk Hahei
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Ruakuri Walk ©
Hiking Trail
Ruakuri Walk Waitomo Caves
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
Great Lake Trail
Biking Trail
Great Lake Trail Taupo
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway
Hiking Trail
Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway Waihi
4.8
Duration: 4 hours

Museums in Waikato Region

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L'Arte ©
Art Gallery
L'Arte Taupo
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Waikato Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Waikato Museum Hamilton
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum Thames
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Tukairangi Gallery
Art Gallery
Tukairangi Gallery Acacia Bay
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Stone Hill Horse Trek ©
Horseback Riding Tour
Stone Hill Horse Trek Pukeatua
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Lava Glass ©
Garden
Lava Glass Taupo
3.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Cornerstone Alpaca Farm ©
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Cornerstone Alpaca Farm Gordonton
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Taupo Market ©
Farmers Market
Taupo Market Taupo
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

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