Just south of Auckland lies the
Hamilton-Waikato region; a land of lush pastures and fertile soils that was chosen to
play The Shire in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.
Well-known for its
underground wonders, black sand surf beaches and rolling green hills, the region offers
a wealth of nature-based activities and attractions surrounding a vibrant city
If you’re a Tolkien fan, drive east to Matamata and visit Hobbiton Movie
Set, the amazing Hobbit-sized village created for the movies. Or if surfing is more your
style, then Raglan is the perfect spot for you, with one of the longest left hand breaks
in the world.
For a magical underground experience, drive south to Waitomo Caves,
where the natural beauty of stalactites and stalagmites lit by the blue light of
glowworms will take your breath away; or for those seeking more of an adrenalin rush,
black water rafting and abseiling are not to be missed.
Known for its scenic
diversity, the Hamilton and Waikato region offers a myriad of options for those keen on
walking, hiking and cycling, from casual strolls along the Waikato River to overnight
bush excursions and winding mountain biking tracks. A popular spot is Maungatautari
Ecological Reserve, which allows walkers to experience the New Zealand forest as it was
hundreds of years ago, thanks to the special predator-free environment.
of Hamilton boasts stunning gardens, plentiful shopping and a popular nightlife and
restaurant scene including award-winning eateries and exciting entertainment. With
abundant accommodation, Hamilton is the perfect base for exploring the wider region.