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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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    Hamilton
We have a fabulous line up of talent organised for the Lunchtime Recital Series in May 2024. Join us each week as we showcase a fabulous mix of local, national and international talent. Music and perfomances to inspire and delight with solo and ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber - Hamilton, Waikato   
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    2 KM Hamilton
Experience the championship sounds of The Hamilton Caledonian Pipe Band at Pipeworks 2024 The Hamilton Caledonian Pipe Band, reigning champions of Grade 4A at the 2024 New Zealand Pipe Band Nationals, extends a warm invitation to join us for an ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Southwell Performing Arts Centre - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 2 KM from Hamilton
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    2.8 KM Hamilton
The concert is planned by the United Youth Orchestra and the Waikato Community School of Music. There are several performance and finishing by a combined orchestra for following music. J. Bologne: Symphony in G Major, op. 11, No. 1: I. Allegro N. ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 2.8 KM from Hamilton
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    Hamilton
Te Pae Kokako TANZOS Winter Warmers Opera Gala A Matariki feast of opera to warm the soul Join us for an evening of astounding young voices and beloved opera arias to melt away your winter woes, with everything from Puccini to Gershwin. Even if ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber - Hamilton, Waikato   
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    1.8 KM Hamilton
Deemed the greatest voice of the 20th century, our tenors pay tribute to Mario Lanza singing his passionate love songs. Featuring: Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua Benjamin Makisi Derek Hill Karl Perigo Amanda Atlas Accompanied by Paul Carnegie-Jones NZ ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Hamilton Central Baptist Church - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 1.8 KM from Hamilton
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    Hamilton
Kia Ora! Welcome to the 2024 Hamilton Edition of the Sunny Side up Children's Film Festival. We are so excited for you to come to our event which is aimed at Primary aged children. Come along for games, prizes, Children's films, and fun! Being ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber - Hamilton, Waikato   
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    0.2 KM Hamilton
Step into the enchanting world of Taylor Swift as NZ’s very own tribute band brings her greatest hits to life! After a nearly sold-out performance in their hometown of Tauranga, Sunkissed is taking their show on the road. Join us for an ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Zeal Hamilton - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 0.2 KM from Hamilton
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    1.8 KM Hamilton
Our singers and band transport you to the 20s and 30s with glamour, tap-dancing, elegant costumes and razzmatazz! Featuring: Susan Boland Russell Dixon Kelly Harris Isaac Pawson Mike Booth (Trumpet) Pete France (Saxophone) Hank Trenton ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Hamilton Central Baptist Church - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 1.8 KM from Hamilton
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    1.8 KM Hamilton
From Edith Piaf in French salons, German oom pah and Italian serenades, our romantic music will evoke the passion of Europe. Starring: Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua Kelly Harris Derek Hill Tracey Collin (Piano Accordion) Paul Carnegie-Jones ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Hamilton Central Baptist Church - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 1.8 KM from Hamilton
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    55 KM Tokoroa
Returning to New Zealand by popular demand, Night Fever is set to take over 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’ ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Great Lake Centre - Taupo, Lake Taupo   Distance: 55 KM from Tokoroa
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
    1.8 KM Hamilton
In our biggest Christmas extravaganza ever, bubble over with excitement as we end the year with variety acts and special guests! Starring: Karl Perigo Russell Dixon Kate Lineham Grant Winterburn And more to be announced! NZ Tour 13 Nov ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Hamilton Central Baptist Church - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 1.8 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)
 
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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)
 
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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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