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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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    0.9 KM Hamilton
NZ OPERA WITH OPUS ORCHESTRA New Zealand Opera and Opus Orchestra take you on a musical journey celebrating some of opera's most cherished characters including Figaro, The Countess, and the ever-alluring Susanna! Hear selections from celebrated ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Clarence St Theatre - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 0.9 KM from Hamilton
    2.8 KM Hamilton
Rusty Player Orchestra Enjoy the camaraderie of informal music making in New Zealand's most relaxed orchestra, The Rusty Player Orchestra. All welcome, no pressure to be perfect, just come and give it a go! Our Rusty Player Orchestra is the ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 2.8 KM from Hamilton
    2.8 KM Hamilton
HAMILTON BOYS HIGH SCHOOL & FRIENDS A big band jazz spectacular featuring an all star line-up of current and past students and associates of Hamilton Boys’ High School. Featuring a 40-piece jazz orchestra backing two of the most ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Rhododendron Lawn - Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 2.8 KM from Hamilton
    3.1 KM Hamilton
Multi-award-winning duo The Birdmann & Egg bring you an out-of-this-world circus comedy concert spectacular. Celebrating new possibilities after challenging times, Fantastic is about being triumphantly different in a world less ordinary. The ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Emporium of Scintillating Wonders - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 3.1 KM from Hamilton
    54.9 KM Tokoroa
Put March 1st in your diaries! Concerts begin again for 2024 with Korua, a violin and piano duo who return to Taupo to perform an array of light and popular melodies, the beloved Romeo and Juliet Suite and part of Shostakovich’s stunning ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: St Andrew's Anglican Church - Taupo, Lake Taupo   Distance: 54.9 KM from Tokoroa
    3 KM Hamilton
OCT ENSEMBLE & ENSEMBLE AURA Back by popular demand, the Ancient Egyptian Garden comes alive by candlelight with classical jazz in a magical concert experience from Ensemble Aaru and OCT Ensemble. A timeless journey awaits, with glorious ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Ancient Egyptian Garden - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 3 KM from Hamilton
    58.5 KM Tokoroa
This will be the seventh year we have held Music in the Gardens at the Waipahihi Botanical Gardens. The programme features local talent and a selection of styles - Taupo Concert Band, Taupo Brass Band, classical, a Taiko peformance (Japanese ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Waipahihi Botanical Reserve - Taupo, Lake Taupo   Distance: 58.5 KM from Tokoroa
    0.4 KM Hamilton
Award winning LA-based Kiwi singer-songwriter Greg Johnson brings his 1000 Miles Tour to Hamilton's legendary intimate music venue, Nivara Lounge. Plus1 proudly presents Greg Johnson’s 1000 Miles Tour. More than 30 years since Greg first ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Nivara Lounge - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 0.4 KM from Hamilton
    0.6 KM Hamilton
Comedy Hypnotist Rob Young has performed in front of packed audiences across New Zealand and Australia. Hypnosis Comedy Show - where the audience becomes the stars of the show.
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Biddy Mulligans - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 0.6 KM from Hamilton
    Hamilton
Lilburn Diversions for String Orchestra Bruckner String Quintet, Adagio Rautavaara Pelimannit Tchaikovsky Andante cantabile, TH63 Shostakovich Chamber Symphony Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony is an arrangement of his Eighth String ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber - Hamilton, Waikato   
    Hamilton
Lilburn Diversions for String Orchestra Bruckner String Quintet, Adagio Rautavaara Pelimannit Tchaikovsky Andante cantabile, TH63 Shostakovich Chamber Symphony Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony is an arrangement of his Eighth String ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber - Hamilton, Waikato   
7.9 KM Tirau
Night Fever is set to take over 2024 when this superb musical tribute comes to town! Expect all the disco dancefloor-fillers, smooth 70s ballads and 60s Pop standards you know and love, including Stayin’ Alive, Jive Talkin’, You Should Be ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: The Plaza - Putaruru, South Waikato   Distance: 7.9 KM from Tirau

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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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