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Waikato

Visit a famous filming location, enjoy shopping in a metropolitan hub and explore caves and other striking natural areas in this beautiful region.

Waikato is a picturesque region featuring some of New Zealand’s most popular attractions, including a filming location of the famous Lord of the Rings series. Stay in a small village for caving and heritage buildings or enjoy many excellent outdoor activities, such as kayaking, swimming, mountain biking and hiking.

Take a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set in the rural Waikato town of Matamata. The town’s rolling hills and lush green pastures were chosen for the Shire and Hobbiton filming locations from the Lord of the Rings series. Wander through the picturesque hillside setting to see more than 40 individual “hobbit holes”.

Another highlight of Waikato is the Waitomo Caves, a complex network of sinkholes, underground rivers and limestone caves. Book a walking or boat tour of the caves to see an impressive display of stalactites and stalagmites. If you’re ready for a challenge, try rafting through the underground labyrinth with an experienced guide. Find the remarkable natural formations under the hills of Waitomo.

Stop at Hamilton for riverside walks and beautiful botanical gardens. The fourth-largest city in New Zealand features many excellent cafés, restaurants and bars. Visit Waikato Museum to learn the region’s history. Attend many international sporting events, including rugby, netball and cricket matches. With luxurious hotels and self-contained apartments, Hamilton is a great place to stay when visiting Waikato.

The scenic region is famous for its charming small towns. Stop at Cambridge for beautiful heritage buildings and pretty tree-lined streets. Tour a thoroughbred horse stud park or shop in many antique stores in the town centre. Cambridge also contains lovely public parks, attractive gardens and outstanding local restaurants.

Other excellent small towns include the West Coast beach town of Raglan and the historic coal town of Huntly. Find Waikato on New Zealand’s North Island, about 167 kilometres (104 miles) south of Auckland.

With so many attractive towns and lively urban areas, you’ll find perfect accommodations in Waikato.


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Hilton Lake Taupo NZ$201
Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2019
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Hilton Lake Taupo

Hilton Lake Taupo

80-100 Napier Road, Taupo
     
    4.5 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    The room was spacious, bed comfortable, amenities were great, staff friendly and helpful, restaurant breakfast was good. Parking was difficult though at times

    Wairakei Resort Taupo NZ$104
    Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2019
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    Wairakei Resort Taupo

    Wairakei Resort Taupo

    640 Wairakei Road, Wairakei
       
      4.3 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Lovely stay with plenty to do, great facilities and spacious room.

      Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton NZ$149
      Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2019
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      Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton

      Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton

      23 Clarence Street, Hamilton
         
        4.3 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        This property is neat and clean. It is close to shopping and really close to the hospital.

        VR Hamilton NZ$89
        Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2019
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        VR Hamilton

        VR Hamilton

        237 Victoria Street, Hamilton
           
          3.6 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          What I like about this property is that it is walking distance to all restaurants and walkways and cafes and mall.

          Novotel Tainui Hamilton NZ$188
          Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2019
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          Novotel Tainui Hamilton

          Novotel Tainui Hamilton

          7 Alma Street, Hamilton
             
            4.4 of 5
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Love the design of the rooms. So smartly designed. All the little things are thought of.

            Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort NZ$82
            Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2019
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            Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort

            Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort

            76 Napier-Taupo Road, SH 5, Taupo
               
              4.4 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Very expensive for what it was. TV reception and WIFI signals very poor. Rooms were tidy though a few annoying things like lights which didn’t work and blinds which would pull down. The shower pressure was very low.

              Fountain City Motor Inn NZ$125
              Reviewed on 29 Sep. 2019
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              Fountain City Motor Inn

              Fountain City Motor Inn

              305 Ulster Street, Hamilton
                 
                4.1 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                I like the room has all implements you shoud need for a pleasent night.

                Heartland Ambassador Hotel Hamilton NZ$125
                Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2019
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                Heartland Ambassador Hotel Hamilton

                Heartland Ambassador Hotel Hamilton

                86 Ulster Street, Whitiora, Hamilton, Waikato
                   
                  4.0 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Loved the modern decor and cleanliness of the room. The location was excellent and the staff were super friendly. The hot tub was great too! We will definitely stay again.

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