Waikato Holidays & Travel Guide

Located on the North Island of New Zealand, Waikato is a stunning region just south of Auckland. Named after the mighty Waikato River which runs its length, Waikato is a pastoral region dominated by agriculture and dairying. Located just over an hour and half's drive south of Auckland, Hamilton is the main city of Waikato and is also the international gateway. Waikato holidays promise unforgettable landscapes with pure serenity above the ground and some of the most incredible adventures below the ground.

This Waikato travel guide is designed to help you make the most of your visit to this popular region. There are a fantastic range of activities and attractions to suit everyone, from relaxing days to adrenaline-pumping adventures and everything in between. Some of the most popular attractions in Waikato are the Waikato River, Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton, the remains of the hobbit village created for the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy as well as Hamilton Zoo and Lake Taupo.

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Waitomo Hobbiton Experience


Located in the heart of the Waikato region, Hamilton is the most populous city and also one of the region's most visited holiday destinations.

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Lake Taupo

Located in the south of the Waikato region, Lake Taupo is a stunning natural attraction and New Zealand's largest lake, roughly the same size as Singapore.



The Coromandel Peninsula stretches 85km from the Bay of Plenty and is a popular holiday destination known for its pristine beaches and native forests.

Waikato Accommodation

The wonderful region of Waikato offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit all travellers and budgets. Ranging from luxury 5 star options to comfortable yet affordable 3 star options, Waikato accommodation offers everything from modern hotels and resorts to friendly, family-run bed and breakfasts as well as self-contained apartments and everything in between. Conveniently located close to a variety of the region's most popular attractions, Waikato accommodation is heavily concentrated in its main town of Hamilton.

Waikato Holiday Packages

Waikato holiday packages are an easy and affordable way to visit this popular holiday destination as well as the best value for money. By combining all of your holiday essentials at one discount price, Waikato holiday packages take the stress out of planning and booking your holiday, saving you time and money in the process. Bundling together all of your holiday needs like accommodation and flights, you can also add a variety of extras including travel insurance, tours, transfers, car hire and more

Things To Do

A culturally and geographically diverse region, Waikato offers a variety of activities and attractions. From heritage trails and wine tasting to incredible caves and world-class surf breaks, Waikato offers sightseeing, family fun and adventure. Some of the most popular attractions include New Zealand's longest river, the Waikato River, as well as the ancient glow worm caves of Waitomo Caves and the famous remains of Hobbiton, the fictional hobbit village created for the Lord of the Rings films. Other popular attractions also include the Hamilton Zoo and nearby natural attractions Lake Taupo and magnificent Huka Falls. See more Things To Do in Waikato

Getting To Waikato

Less than 2 hours south of Auckland, the main international gateway, getting to Waikato is an easy drive along the Southern Motorway and State Highway 1. If you have time to add an hour onto your drive, continue on through Hamilton to Waitomo for an easy yet rewarding drive that is well worth the extra time. Taking just over 2 and a half hours from Auckland, follow the Southern Motorway and State Highway 1 to Hamilton before taking State Highway 3 south through Te Awamutu, Otorohanga and Kihikihi before taking Waitomo Caves Road all the way to the village. More about Getting to Waikato.

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