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Waikato Region

4.4
Landmarks · Waterfalls · Caves
Just south of Auckland lies Waikato Region, an area with a temperate climate and swathes of lush, green farmland. Hike around the foothills and pastures where Peter Jackson filmed "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit," or head underground into the vast and numerous cave systems. Whether you're an expert or want something a little more placid, you'll find plenty of outdoorsy things to do in Waikato Region. A rich biodiversity entertains nature lovers and birdwatchers, while the coastline offers some of the country's best surfing locations. Customize your holiday with our New Zealand online itinerary planner to create an adventure that suits you.
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Places to visit in Waikato Region

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Popular things to do in Waikato Region

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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours Taupo
4.9
Duration: 3 hours
Waterfall
Huka Falls Walkway Taupo
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports Whitianga
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Cave
Waitomo Glowworm Caves Waitomo Caves
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes

Hidden gems in Waikato Region

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Specialty Museum
Taupo Museum Taupo
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Landmark
Maori Rock Carvings Taupo
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing Taupo
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
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Water Body
Lake Taupo Taupo
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Waikato Region

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Geologic Formation
Craters of the Moon Taupo
3.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Hot Spring
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave Taupo District
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Hot Spring
Hot Water Beach Hot Water Beach
3.8
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Waikato Region

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Theme Park
Huka Prawn Park Taupo
3.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Huka Honey Hive Taupo
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Zoo
Hamilton Zoo Hamilton
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Water Park
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort Taupo
3.8
Duration: 2h 30 min

Trails in Waikato Region

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Hiking Trail
Cathedral Cove Walk Hahei
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Ruakuri Walk Waitomo Caves
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
Biking Trail
Great Lake Trail Taupo
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway Waihi
4.8
Duration: 4 hours

Museums in Waikato Region

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Art Gallery
L'Arte Taupo
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Waikato Museum Hamilton
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum Thames
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Art Gallery
Tukairangi Gallery Acacia Bay
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Horseback Riding Tour
Stone Hill Horse Trek Pukeatua
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Waterskiing / Jetskiiing
Taupo Wake Park Taupo
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Garden
Lava Glass Taupo
3.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Farmers Market
Taupo Market Taupo
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min