Hamilton and Waikato are well known for the Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and…a lot of farmland.

But did you know that the land surrounding the Mighty Waikato River has a lot more to offer? From picturesque country towns, glow worms and waterfalls to hot springs and biking and walking trails, there’s so much more to Hamilton and Waikato than meets the eye.

And bonus: It’s ultra-close to Auckland and makes for a perfect weekend getaway and mini road trip!

Cycling

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Experience the ultimate Waikato Weekender: see glowworms, bike on the Waikato River Trail and explore the Waikato by jetboat
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Group paddling on yellow kayaks exploring a canyon on Lake Karapiro, Waikato New Zealand
Get 10% off biking Waikato River Trail or kayaking Lake Karapiro (day time or glow worm kayaking) with Riverside Adventures. Just enter WGNZ10
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Spellbound Glowworm Caves Waitomo
See what the fuss with the Waitomo Caves is about with our Classic Waitomo Getaway. Galaxies of glowworms, explore on an ebike and stay in Waitomo
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Eating and Drinking

Aerial view of luxury Te Karaka Lodge in rural Waikato
Stay off the beaten path at the rural Waikato luxury farmstay Te Karaka Lodge & Station and visit the glowworms at Nikau Cave
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Glow Worms NZ

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Experience the ultimate Waikato Weekender: see glowworms, bike on the Waikato River Trail and explore the Waikato by jetboat
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Waitomo Adventures Haggas Honking Holes Waterfall Abseiling
Go on an extraordinary Waitomo adventure underground with an action-packed tour of the Waitomo Caves and stay super-central in the heart of Waitomo.
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Spellbound Glowworm Caves Waitomo
See what the fuss with the Waitomo Caves is about with our Classic Waitomo Getaway. Galaxies of glowworms, explore on an ebike and stay in Waitomo
Available through out the year:
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Group of people abseiling 100m into the caves with Waitomo Adventure
Get 10% off an action-packed tour with Waitomo Adventures. Just enter the Waitomo Caves promo code GETAWAY when booking.
Available through out the year:
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Aerial view of luxury Te Karaka Lodge in rural Waikato
Stay off the beaten path at the rural Waikato luxury farmstay Te Karaka Lodge & Station and visit the glowworms at Nikau Cave
Available through out the year:
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Jet Boat Rides

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Experience the ultimate Waikato Weekender: see glowworms, bike on the Waikato River Trail and explore the Waikato by jetboat
Available through out the year:
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Group paddling on yellow kayaks exploring a canyon on Lake Karapiro, Waikato New Zealand
Get 10% off biking Waikato River Trail or kayaking Lake Karapiro (day time or glow worm kayaking) with Riverside Adventures. Just enter WGNZ10
Available through out the year:
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Kayaking and SUP

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Experience the ultimate Waikato Weekender: see glowworms, bike on the Waikato River Trail and explore the Waikato by jetboat
Available through out the year:
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Group paddling on yellow kayaks exploring a canyon on Lake Karapiro, Waikato New Zealand
Get 10% off biking Waikato River Trail or kayaking Lake Karapiro (day time or glow worm kayaking) with Riverside Adventures. Just enter WGNZ10
Available through out the year:
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Promo Codes

Group paddling on yellow kayaks exploring a canyon on Lake Karapiro, Waikato New Zealand
Get 10% off biking Waikato River Trail or kayaking Lake Karapiro (day time or glow worm kayaking) with Riverside Adventures. Just enter WGNZ10
Available through out the year:
  • Jan
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Group of people abseiling 100m into the caves with Waitomo Adventure
Get 10% off an action-packed tour with Waitomo Adventures. Just enter the Waitomo Caves promo code GETAWAY when booking.
Available through out the year:
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Thrilling

Waitomo Adventures Haggas Honking Holes Waterfall Abseiling
Go on an extraordinary Waitomo adventure underground with an action-packed tour of the Waitomo Caves and stay super-central in the heart of Waitomo.
Available through out the year:
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Tours Only

Surf lessons in Raglan New Zealand by Tourism New Zealand
Learn to surf in Raglan Once a little hippie town, Raglan has become famous in the surfing community after the movie The Endless Summer. It's...
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