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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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    2.8 KM Hamilton
Hamilton Civic Choir is delighted to share with you our final concert of the “Into the Light” Season. This is a celebration of old and new Christmas music, with an international flavour. The choir has been very fortunate to be gifted an ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 2.8 KM from Hamilton
    0.9 KM Hamilton
Join Hamilton City Brass and Hamilton Auxiliary Brass in concert as we celebrate the sounds and memories of the Christmas season with traditional festive tunes alongside some pop classics. This will be an afternoon of festive favourites and a ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: The Waikato Cathedral Church of St Peter - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 0.9 KM from Hamilton
    6 KM Hamilton
Used in concerts everywhere, the piano has a long history of bringing music to life with its delicate sound and beautiful resonance. Waikato Piano Day has been designed to celebrate this incredible instrument, which has brought many of us joy over ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Willowbrook Park - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 6 KM from Hamilton
    1.2 KM Hamilton
It’s time to secure your seats to the ABBA show everyone loves and adores! The world’s premier live ABBA tribute is back by popular demand! Far from being ‘just another cover band’, Dancing Queen: A Tribute To ABBA is a full-scale concert ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Globox Arena - Claudelands, Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 1.2 KM from Hamilton
    55 KM Tokoroa
It’s time to secure your seats to the ABBA show everyone loves and adores! The world’s premier live ABBA tribute is back by popular demand! Far from being ‘just another cover band’, Dancing Queen: A Tribute To ABBA is a full-scale concert ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Great Lake Centre - Taupo, Lake Taupo   Distance: 55 KM from Tokoroa
    54.8 KM Tokoroa
The team at Greenstone Entertainment are super-excited that the Summer Concert Tour is back for 2023, announcing a huge lineup of international acts who will be taking centre stage in February next year. Four fantastic international acts will star ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Taupo Amphitheatre - Taupo, Lake Taupo   Distance: 54.8 KM from Tokoroa
    2.8 KM Hamilton
Liberty Stage. Music from the 2001 film performed live in concert by an epic rock-opera ensemble performed as the sun sets within the magical setting of the Hamilton Gardens Rhododendron Lawn. It's been 21 years since Moulin Rouge! the movie ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Rhododendron Lawn - Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 2.8 KM from Hamilton
    53.3 KM Tokoroa
Join us for the best little gig of the Summer and also help a very worthy cause - Greenlea Rescue Helicopter Service. TWO great bands - music legends, Laura Collins & the Back Porch Blues Band, will perform their very own back porch blend of ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Whakaipo Lodge - Taupo, Lake Taupo   Distance: 53.3 KM from Tokoroa
    0.5 KM Hamilton
Summer is here and to celebrate Downtown Sounds Sunday Special veterans Looking for Alaska will be performing a free concert with special guests. Bring some snacks, grab some dinner and soak in the sounds, while the sun sets across the Waikato ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Victoria On The River - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 0.5 KM from Hamilton
    2.8 KM Hamilton
Performed live in concert - starring Tami Neilson, Laughton Kora (Kora), Milan Borich (Pluto) and Booga Beazly (Head Like A Hole). Join this star studded band of Kiwi music icons as they rock'n roll through some of the wickedest music on ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Rhododendron Lawn - Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 2.8 KM from Hamilton
    3.5 KM Hamilton
Rodger Fox Big Band kicks off its 50th Anniversary with a Bang The Big Band jazz genre is no shrinking violet, so it is not surprising that the Rodger Fox Big Band is starting their 50th Anniversary Concert series with a full-on drum spectacular ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: The Pa - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 3.5 KM from Hamilton
    1.2 KM Hamilton
Scottish legends The Proclaimers return to New Zealand in March for their biggest ever tour of Aotearoa. Fans can look forward to hits like I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), I'm On My Way, Sunshine on Leith, Letter From America, plus album favourites ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Globox Arena - Claudelands, Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 1.2 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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