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Waikato New Zealand


Waikato New Zealand
The area remains the richest area of the country for dairy products and agriculture. Hamilton, an hour and a half south of Auckland by car is the main city of the Waikato region. While the Waikato region is renowned for its farming strength, it also offers some spectacular tourism attractions. Visitors to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves never fail to be amazed by the splendor and beauty of the limestone formations. Further activities include wildlife tours, gardens, museums, river activities, thermal hot springs, and farm tours.
Travel guides for Waikato: hamiltonwaikato.com
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What to do in Waikato

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Hamilton Gardens    3 KM Hamilton
Explore an enchanting world of secret gardens. Transport yourself through time and to far-flung corners of the world. Meander through a lush tropical jungle, visit ancient China and indulge yourself in a Renaissance Prince's 16th century garden. Hamilton Gardens is a conceptual garden and is the Waikato's most visited tourist destination.
Riverlea Theatre & Arts Centre    5 KM Hamilton
Riverlea Theatre has been a part of the theatre scene in Hamilton for over 30 years. In that time Riverlea has been home to hundreds of productions, and thousands of talented performers and technical staff. Our resident societies provide a variety of shows from comedy to musical theatre. Please check our website for details of current performances or phone the Theatre Manager on 0800 800 192 Tuesday to Friday 11am - 5pm.
Visit the Waikato Museum of Arts and History    0.7 KM Hamilton
If you are especially interested in the Maori culture, do not miss the Waikato Museum of Arts and History.
Study English in New Zealand    0.3 KM Hamilton
Located in a central city building, WIE is in the heart of Hamilton, just 1-2 minutes walk from both Hamilton Transport Centre and Hamilton City Centre with its many shops, restaurants, theatres and entertainment. A wide range of quality courses and programmes including General English at 6 levels (academic and general), IELTS Preparation, and English for High School Preparation.
Raglan Surf Lessons    11.1 KM Kawhia
UP Surf Coaching based in Raglan is a Surf School that provides beginner and intermediate surf lessons and camps.
Nikau Glowworm Cave and bed & breakfast    28.8 KM Raglan
In Waikaretu, 1 hour north of Raglan, 1.5 hours S.W. of Auckland, Nikau Cave is a 1 km long limestone cave with thousands of glowworms, wonderful formations and few people. On a sheep and cattle farm with extensive gardens. Guided tours take 1.5hrs. $35 per person. Bookings essential. Meals available on request. Private cabin accommodation and backpacker accommodation.
Canoe & Kayak the Whanganui River    3.2 KM Taumarunui
Canoe & Kayak the Whanganui River 1-5 day river trips freedom Canoe hire and enjoy the amazingly breath taking scenery. All prices include Transportation to and from the river - canoe/kayak, lifejackets, dry barrels, light refreshments, whistle, photograph, Jet Boat Backup if needed. Freephone 0800 CANOE 4 U
Waitomo Caves glowworms organized tours    9.6 KM Te Kuiti
A variety of full day bus tours departing from either Rotorua or Auckland are offered to include visiting the spectacular Waitomo glowworm caves. Thousands of native glowworms light up a boat ride through the limestone caverns underground. The scenic bus rides include combining other nearby attractions hotel pickup, onboard Wi-Fi and choices for pick and drop-off towns.
The Hobbit Shire movie set tours    18.7 KM Tirau
Organized bus tours departing from Rotorua allow to visit the Hobbit movie set in nearby Matamata. Hobbiton, north of Tirau in the Waikato region, has guide tours of the Shire in Middle Earth where some of the filming for the Hobbit film trilogy was made. Hobbit holes and Green Dragon Inn can be visited in this picturesque farm land setting with sightseeing transport during the day from Rotorua.
Eco-cultural walk experiences in ancient forest    25.1 KM Tokoroa
One day privately guided and three day walks amid ancient trees in the forested heart of the North Island. Walks led by the Tangata Whenua (original people of the land) in a superb temperate rainforest location close to the tourism centres of Rotorua and Taupo. All packages are all-inclusive and full catered, with professional guiding.

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Current and upcoming events in Waikato

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    0.3 KM Hamilton
To celebrate a welcome back to the CBD and NZ Music Month we have a Super Saturday of FREE music and arts events! From 12pm - 4pm Downtown Sounds with Looking for Alaska and friends will be performing at Garden Place. Then 4pm onwards at ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Garden Place - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 0.3 KM from Hamilton
    0.5 KM Hamilton
To welcome back people into the CBD we are having a celebration! Super Saturday of arts and music events! But not just any celebration… 4 events rolled into one! At Victoria On the River and Garden Place! CREATIVES MARKET We are looking ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Victoria On The River - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 0.5 KM from Hamilton
    0.5 KM Hamilton
We have all been couped up inside! So let's have a welcome return to the CBD. Sat 21 May 4pm come down to Vic on the River! Check out some of Hamilton, Kirikiriroa's best local streets artists and young talent rising up in the scene. We will ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Victoria On The River - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 0.5 KM from Hamilton
    0.5 KM Hamilton
To welcome back people into the CBD we are celebrating! But not just any celebration… 4 events rolled into one! 4pm CREATIVES MARKET 4 pm BRIDGE CITY STREET ART BATTLE w/ DJ’s and Thiefofbaghad 4pm FREE LUNCH STREET THEATRE HUMAN STATUE ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Victoria On The River - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 0.5 KM from Hamilton
    0.2 KM Hamilton
Live concert to celebrate the release of Simon Hirst's sophomore album 'Living is Now'. 2021 saw the first lead singles from the upcoming album, 'No Turning Back' and 'Incomplete', gain radio rotation. That continued into 2022, and has seen his ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Zeal Hamilton - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 0.2 KM from Hamilton
    2.8 KM Hamilton
The Hamilton Civic Choir warmly welcomes you to our second concert for 2022, “Dance the Light.” Under the direction of Elise Bradley, we are presenting a variety of sacred and secular pieces from different cultures and traditions. The concert ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 2.8 KM from Hamilton
    55 KM Tokoroa
The World of Musicals Concert has graced stages across the globe and features a world-class ensemble of multi-talented performing artists who exquisitely recreate classic hits, fused with emotive ballads, big-screen anthems and iconic show ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Great Lake Centre - Taupo, Lake Taupo   Distance: 55 KM from Tokoroa
    1.2 KM Hamilton
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY MAY 13 12pm Sat July 2 - Globox Arena, Hamilton w/ JessB & Masaya Doors 6pm, Ends 11pm Fresh from a massive tour of Australia, L.A.B return to Kirikiriroa, Hamilton on Saturday July 2, returning to Globox Arena (formerly ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Globox Arena - Claudelands, Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 1.2 KM from Hamilton
    1 KM Hamilton
The event is a Variety Night come Talent Quest with Special Guest Judges, Guest Entertainment on the night plus Charity Auctions, Spot Prizes, Door Prizes, raffle and Goodies Bags for all attendees. Entries for event are open to Singers, Dancers, ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: The Meteor - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 1 KM from Hamilton
    1.2 KM Hamilton
New Zealand’s love affair with The Beatles has lasted over six decades. From screaming teens in the 60s to six-figure album sales in the 2000s. Beatles songs have been a soundtrack to a generation; an anthem to youth and beyond. Beatlemania has ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Globox Arena - Claudelands, Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 1.2 KM from Hamilton
    53.3 KM Tokoroa
Grab a warm coat or rug and head to the coolest little gig of the Winter. Our popular regulars, Too Many Chiefs return. Four singer/songwriters: Andrew London, Laura Collins, Rob Joass and Wayne Mason. These ‘Chiefs’, all of whom lead their ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Whakaipo Lodge - Taupo, Lake Taupo   Distance: 53.3 KM from Tokoroa
    Hamilton
The outrageously funny Kevin Bloody Wilson returns to NZ, bringing Kiwi’s another side-splitting dose of his original fair-dinkum Aussie humour supported by Jenny Talia from Australia. Since releasing his first hugely popular album “Your ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Clarence St Theatre - Hamilton, Waikato   
    1.2 KM Hamilton
Get the electrifying concert experience of Tina Turner with this full stage production brimming with Tina hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s. Featuring the powerful, raspy vocals and thrilling stage presence of Caroline Borole live on stage, ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Globox Arena - Claudelands, Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 1.2 KM from Hamilton
0.9 KM Hamilton
Fall into the ring of fire in this unforgettable music concert dedicated to the music, love and lives of Johnny Cash and June Carter. For more than 40 years Johnny Cash and June Carter enthralled audiences around the world with their songs of ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Clarence St Theatre - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 0.9 KM from Hamilton
    57 KM Hamilton
Since moving to Paeroa in 2018, Hello Sailor bass player Paul Woolright has played several shows at The Refinery including a memorable night in 2019 with The Remnants. This year he's back with the six-piece Hello Sailor line-up that wowed festival ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: The Refinery - Paeroa, Hauraki   Distance: 57 KM from Hamilton

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Camping and overnight campervan parking in Waikato

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Free Truck Stop Campervan Spot Tirua    0.3 KM Tirau
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Shopping   Free
 
Kawhia Forest Camp    0.3 KM Kawhia
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
Te Kuiti Waitomo Caves District    0.4 KM Te Kuiti
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power   (Fees Apply)
 
Tokoroa Motorcamp And Backpackers    0.4 KM Tokoroa
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
Raglan Holiday Park    0.8 KM Raglan
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
Tokoroa Memorial Park Mossop Rd    1 KM Tokoroa
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets   Free
 
Hamilton City Holiday Park    1.8 KM Hamilton
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   (Fees Apply)
 
Te Kuiti Scenic Reserve    3.7 KM Te Kuiti
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets   Free
 
Mercer Waikato River Side    4.4 KM Pokeno
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets   Free
 
Taumaranui Camping Ground    5 KM Taumarunui
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
Okoroire Hotel Camp Sites    5 KM Tirau
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Shopping   (Fees Apply)
 
Raglan Te Uku Hall    8.1 KM Raglan
Overnight campervan parking - No facilities   Free
Oparau Road House    9 KM Kawhia
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets   Free
 
Waitomo Top Camp    9.3 KM Te Kuiti
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry, Shopping   (Fees Apply)
 
Horahora Domain Horahora Rd    10 KM Tirau
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets   Free
 
Ruapuke Motor Camp    10.8 KM Raglan
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   (Fees Apply)
 
Kariori Park Lot    11.4 KM Raglan
Overnight campervan parking - No facilities   Free
Moana Roa Reserve Lake Karipiro Free Camping    11.5 KM Tirau
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets   (Fees Apply)
 
Karapiro Moana Roa Reserve    11.6 KM Tirau
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets   Free
 
Waitomo Lookout Free Over Night    14.1 KM Te Kuiti
Overnight campervan parking - No facilities   Free
Waingaro Hot Springs Camp Ground    16.5 KM Raglan
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water   (Fees Apply)
 
Mangakino Freedom Camping Area Lake Maraetai    18.8 KM Tokoroa
Overnight campervan parking - No facilities   Free
Truck Stop Park Over    19.4 KM Pokeno
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets   (Fees Apply)
 
Landing Road East Of Kihikihi    19.8 KM Tokoroa
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets   (Fees Apply)
 
Lake Karapiro Camp Ground    19.9 KM Tirau
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   (Fees Apply)
 
Cambridge Kiwi Motor Park    22 KM Hamilton
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
Opal Hot Springs Holiday Park Near To Hobbiton    22.2 KM Tirau
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
Artiamuri Lake Boat Ramp    23.4 KM Tokoroa
Overnight campervan parking - No facilities   Free
Waiuku Township Awhitu Peninnsula Glenbrook    25.6 KM Pokeno
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Shopping   Free
 
Sandspit Motor Camp Waiuku    26.1 KM Pokeno
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
Marokopa Village Camp Ground And Store    27.4 KM Kawhia
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   (Fees Apply)
 
Clarkes Beach Holiday Park Waiuku    31.4 KM Pokeno
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry, Wi-Fi, Shopping   (Fees Apply)
 
Port Waikato Holiday Park    31.7 KM Pokeno
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry, Wi-Fi   (Fees Apply)
 
Back Country Campsite    44.9 KM Taumarunui
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power   (Fees Apply)
 
Awakino River Bridge    58.1 KM Te Kuiti
Overnight campervan parking - No facilities   Free
Whitebait Inn Cabins And Motor Camp Mokau    59.1 KM Taumarunui
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power   (Fees Apply)
 
Seaview Holiday Park Mokau    59.8 KM Taumarunui
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 

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