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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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    1.2 KM Hamilton
Start your weekend the right way, at the Sounds of Sevens. For just $55 cut some shapes to Mitch James, the legendary Tiki Taane & homegrown favourites Auckland rapper JessB, dance-electronica duo Lee Mvtthews & DJ Aroha. Thrill rides, food trucks ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: FMG Stadium - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 1.2 KM from Hamilton
    54.6 KM Tokoroa
Greenstone Entertainment has hit a milestone, we are 10 years old! To celebrate our anniversary in style we’re bringing you 5 massive acts. We’re promising concert goers a huge day, with five international artists to headline the 2020 Summer ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Riverside Park & Unison Amphitheatre - Taupo, Lake Taupo   Distance: 54.6 KM from Tokoroa
    1.2 KM Hamilton
Be part of a 21st birthday party like no other! With back to back sell outs in 2018 and 2019, now’s the time to get a squad together to secure your tickets and celebrate the tournament’s 21st birthday. The 2020 HSBC New Zealand Sevens will be ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: FMG Stadium - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 1.2 KM from Hamilton
    11.3 KM Hamilton
Lauren Daigle, Propaganda, Rapture Ruckus, Late 80’s Mercedes, Sations, Mary Bielski, and many, many more! Festival One is a three night/four day festival of Music, Art and Community. Festival One is the largest Christian Festival in New Zealand. ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Mystery Creek Events Centre - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 11.3 KM from Hamilton
    5.8 KM Hamilton
The Amazing Dinosaur Discovery is a 3 hour interactive dinosaur walk through that brings prehistoric times alive again! Come and explore the prehistoric ages and discover over 30 lifelike dinosaurs. You don't want to miss the crowd favourite ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Te Rapa - Hamilton, Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 5.8 KM from Hamilton
    0.7 KM Kawhia
An annual event held on Saturday 1st Feb, 2020 the Kawhia Kai Festival brings together whanau, locals, visitors, holiday makers and tourists to celebrate authentic maori food & culture. Set in the heart of Kawhia, Omimiti Park transformed into a ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Omimiti Reserve - Kawhia Harbour, Waikato   Distance: 0.7 KM from Kawhia
    13.4 KM Pokeno
The awesome Hampton Downs national circuit in the North Waikato is the venue this season for the Denny Hulme Trophy meeting over the weekend of February 1st and 2nd. This year there’s a spectacular line up that's sure to keep the kids and the ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Hampton Downs Motor Sport Park - Te Kauwhata, North Waikato   Distance: 13.4 KM from Pokeno
    0.5 KM Hamilton
Join us for dinner at Dough Bros to the sweet sounds of Live Jazz. The first Sunday of every month! We have a rotating cast of talented musicians from around the region and beyond. There is always something new to enjoy each month. Upcoming ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Dough Bros - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 0.5 KM from Hamilton
    16.7 KM Hamilton
A 2km long art-in-nature walk set among 20,000 trees. In this carved landscape of a former quarry, there are more than 100 sculptures and installations to discover along the way. Creative inspiration for the whole family. Bring a picnic to enjoy ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Waitakaruru Arboretum and Sculpture Park - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 16.7 KM from Hamilton
    11.3 KM Hamilton
with special guests Drax Project, SACHI, Kings and Foley. Eccles Entertainment is proud to announce that New Zealand’s ultimate summer party starters SIX60 will hit the road this summer for a whopping six-date tour. Their record-breaking ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Mystery Creek Events Centre - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 11.3 KM from Hamilton
    0.1 KM Te Kuiti
Prepare to be inspired, become motivated, and take control of your household’s impact on our future. Get lots of exciting and inspirational education around ways you can minimize waste at home. This workshop is suitable for all households, ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Te Kuiti Community House - Te Kuiti, Waitomo District   Distance: 0.1 KM from Te Kuiti
    7.8 KM Hamilton
This is a fair enjoyed by people from all over the Waikato and is held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, and showcases a wide range of antiques, curios, collectables and bric-a brac. We have stallholders who specialise in dolls and dolls accessories ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Tamahere Community Hall - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 7.8 KM from Hamilton
    2.7 KM Hamilton
Fly My Pretties are excited to announce a special outdoor show on the beautiful Rhododendron Lawn at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival on Saturday Feb 29, 2020. Tickets are available on Tues Nov 12 from Ticketek. Exclusive Fly My Pretties ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Hamilton Gardens - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 2.7 KM from Hamilton
    0.9 KM Hamilton
UK legend Midge Ure - the voice of Ultravox, plus NZ heroes The Mockers live in concert. Midge Ure - Live Aid co-founder and Ultravox frontman brings his dynamic new group 'Band Electronica' to New Zealand on ‘The 1980 Tour’ – an awesome ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Clarence St Theatre - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 0.9 KM from Hamilton
    0.9 KM Hamilton
The Soweto Gospel Choir are bringing their Freedom tour to New Zealand in 2020 in honor of the father of their rainbow nation, Nelson Mandela, and South Africa’s struggle for freedom. Following their most recent Grammy Award for Freedom (Best ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Clarence St Theatre - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 0.9 KM from Hamilton
    8.3 KM Hamilton
The Tamahere Country Market is an open air Market featuring local produce and products made, grown, and created in New Zealand. There are 110 sites, offering a huge variety of craft, food and produce together with buskers and great country ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: St Stephens Anglican Church - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 8.3 KM from Hamilton
    19.9 KM Tirau
Come and join us for dinner and choose from the many food trucks and vendors at the stunning Lake Karapiro. Listen to the local live music, while sitting among the trees. Bring a picnic blanket and join friends and family for a fantastic evening ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Mighty River Domain - Cambridge, Waipa   Distance: 19.9 KM from Tirau
    7.9 KM Tirau
A full length classical ballet production of the traditional fairy-tale story Following Australian nationwide sell-out seasons, Beauty & the Beast returns to stage in 2020! A must see stunning full length classical ballet production of the ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: The Plaza - Putaruru, South Waikato   Distance: 7.9 KM from Tirau
    0.3 KM Hamilton
Enjoy your lunch listening to live music in Garden Place during Summer. A great range of musicians from solo artist to four piece bands! 16th - 24th December (excluding 22nd) Every Friday January/February/March kicking off 17th ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Garden Place - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 0.3 KM from Hamilton
    0.3 KM Hamilton
Come on a magical adventure with characters from Enchanted Entertainment providing an outdoor storytelling experience! Sit back and enjoy listening to some classics along with new children's books with your family in the lovely setting on the ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Garden Place - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 0.3 KM from Hamilton
    55 KM Tokoroa
In this exhibition, emerging Taupo artists, Jacquie Goldsmith and Marion Bright are scratching the surface and delving beyond, literally and metaphorically. Loose expression and materiality are the forte of these two artists who relish the ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Taupo Museum - Taupo, Lake Taupo   Distance: 55 KM from Tokoroa
2.8 KM Hamilton
Hamilton BMX Club offers training to our members & also invites new riders to participate in 3 training sessions before joining the club to learn new skills & see if BMX is your new family sport! Runs on Monday nights from 5.30pm to 6.30pm for all ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Hamilton Bmx Club - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 2.8 KM from Hamilton
    1.2 KM Hamilton
Kiwi icons Th’ Dudes announce they’ll reunite for Th’ Bliss Tour, performing six dates across New Zealand in April 2020. The news comes just days ahead of the band receiving the Legacy Award and being inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Claudelands Arena - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 1.2 KM from Hamilton
    21.8 KM Hamilton
Bloom Collective - your home of the best gourmet food trucks, boutique makers and extremely good musicians. Held on the second Saturday evening (weather dependant - check facebook for updates), at Leamington Domain, Cambridge. This summer ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Leamington Domain - Cambridge, Waipa   Distance: 21.8 KM from Hamilton
    3 KM Hamilton
The Hottest Afrikaans event of 2020! Lekker Stuff Entertainment brings you three award winning, chart topping artists for Vuurwarm Afrikaans! Dewald Wasserfall, APPEL & Danny Smoke. Hamilton - Friday 17 April 2020 Auckland - Saturday 18 April ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Hamilton Gardens Pavilion - Chartwell Room, Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 3 KM from Hamilton
    0.9 KM Hamilton
Following sold out performances throughout New Zealand, The Ten Tenors are thrilled to announce they’re returning by popular demand. The charming classical cross-over group will perform a selection of the best romantic pop songs, ballads and ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Clarence St Theatre - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 0.9 KM from Hamilton
2.4 KM Hamilton
Would you like to gain confidence speaking in public or do you want to be able to express your views to others? Come and join us at Kirikiriroa Powertalk and learn effective communication skills. Our club is part of Powertalk NZ, an ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Waikato Contract Bridge Club - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 2.4 KM from Hamilton
    0.9 KM Hamilton
So, no one told you life was gonna be this way, nor did they tell you about the hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons one of TV’s all-time greatest shows in the hit New York and Las Vegas show Friends! The Musical Parody. Friends! The ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Clarence St Theatre - Hamilton, Waikato   Distance: 0.9 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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