Waikato & Waitomo Tours

Hamilton  ::  Waitomo & King Country

Located to the west of the North Island the Waikato is easily accessible by road or air. Visit the region’s ancient caves millions of years in the making with their amazing stalactites and stalagmites. There’s walking, hiking, biking and awesome water sports. Try your hand at kayaking or surfing, take a river cruise, or fish the local waters before relaxing in the natural hot springs.

Ngarunui Beach, Waikato. Photo Credit: Camilla Rutherford

 

Experience Waikato & Waitomo Region

    • World class surfing
    • Cool caves to crawl through
    • Wine tasting
    • Heritage Trails
  • Stunning gardens

 

You´ll ❤️ these great things to see & do…

  • Explore the Waitomo Caves with millions of glowworms
  • Walk under trees dripping with autumn foliage at Taitua Arboretum
  • Experience Hamilton’s stunning gardens
  • Abseil deep into the magical underground world
  • Visit the Hot Water Beach at Kawhia
  • Go kayaking on Lake Karapiro
  • Get away from it all in the beautiful Mangaotaki Scenic Reserve
  • Take a sunset champagne cruise on the Waikato River
  • See the white rhinos at Hamilton Zoo

 

Base yourself in Hamilton and you are within a short drive to the picturesque Coromandel Peninsula, the superb sandy beaches of Mount Maunganui, and the “Thermal Wonderland’ of Rotorua, If you like surfing, there are great surf beaches to the west, at Raglan, or northeast at ‘The Mount’.

During winter, enjoy a day in the snow at Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields, on the magnificent slopes of Mt Ruapehu, Hamilton is 1,5 hours drive from Auckland New Zealand’s largest city.

 Useful Waikato & Waitomo Region New Zealand Resources

 

If you are a fan of greenery during your holidays and vacations, Waikato is the perfect destination for you. The region is blessed with various forms and shades of green, showcasing Mother Nature’s beauty in every possible way. Additionally, the calm, cool, and beautiful blue waters are always inviting. The combination of blue and green in Waikato makes it an ideal spot for a vacation.

Hamilton – Waikato offers an abundance of adventurous sports, from surfing, rafting, and sailing to swimming, jet skiing, tandem diving, and hiking. There is no shortage of fun and enjoyment in this region. Moreover, its climate is pleasant throughout the year, making it an excellent vacation spot for any season.

Therefore, if you are planning your next holiday and love the outdoors, consider the land of Waikato in New Zealand. It beckons you to immerse yourself in its stunning beauty, lose yourself in the rich colors of green and blue, and experience a vacation like no other. Do not worry about travel, accommodation, or food. There are plenty of hotels in Waikato, and traveling here is easy. Just book your tickets, hop onto the flight, and enjoy the beauty of this city.

The Best Tours & Day Trips from/in Waikato & Waitomo

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Hobbiton Express Tour from Auckland

[wonderplugin_gallery id="58"]   Travel south from Auckland over the Bombay Hills to reach the fertile farmland of the Waikato region. During your journey, you will pass through the historic town of Cambridge where you can enjoy the English-style ambiance of tree-lined streets. As you approach Hobbiton Shire, you will be greeted by undulating green hills. Once you arrive at Shire’s Rest, you can start your Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest “green set” in the world and the only place where you can experience a movie set in a natural setting and get an emotional response from it. During the tour, you will get to see 37 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge, the party tree, and visit the Green Dragon Inn. You'll also have the opportunity to take a photo at the door of Bilbo’s house, “Bag End” while enjoying the panoramic view of the whole set and the hills in the distance. After the tour, you can enjoy your lunch at Shire’s Res....
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Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour from Rotorua

[wonderplugin_gallery id="80"]   The tour begins from Rotorua and takes you on a scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges to The Shires Rest Cafe. You'll then be taken through a picturesque 1,250-acre sheep farm with stunning views across to the Kaimai Ranges. During the tour, your guide will accompany you through the ten-acre site, sharing fascinating details on how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created. You'll get to view the Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill, and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, and witness how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth. After the tour of the set is completed, you'll return to The Shires Rest to enjoy the Sheep Farm Experience followed by a complimentary snack. The tour duration from Rotorua is approximately 4 1/2 hours and departure times from Tourism Rotorua (1167 Fenton St) are 8-30 am and 1-30pm. If required, free transfer can be arranged from....
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (Self Drive)

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Matamata   Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (Self Drive): Immerse yourself in the magical world of Middle-earth by visiting the Hobbiton Movie Set. This enchanting location served as the idyllic setting for The Shire in the highly acclaimed movie, The Lord of the Rings, directed by Peter Jackson. Your tour begins with a scenic drive through the stunning 1,250-acre sheep farm, offering breathtaking views of the Kaimai Ranges. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you will be taken on a fascinating journey through the ten-acre site, where you will learn about the intricate details and craftsmanship that went into creating the Hobbiton set. You will have the opportunit....
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour One of New Zealand's Most Breathtaking Natural Wonders

Over 30 million years ago, limestone was created at the bottom of the ocean, which gave birth to the legend of Waitomo. Today, these limestone formations stand as one of New Zealand's most breathtaking natural wonders, and it is a must-see destination for anyone visiting the country.

Guided Tour Highlights

During your guided tour, you will be taken through over 250 meters of stunning underground scenery, starting with the impressive Cathedral. Your tour will begin at the upper entrance of the cave and continue along a low, narrow passage to the Tomo, a deep limestone shaft. You will also get to see other magnificent cave fo....
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