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3 Day - Luxury Escape to the Mighty Waikato Region

3 Day - Luxury Escape to the Mighty Waikato Region

From our vibrant city hub of Hamilton to the rugged west coast, underground wonders of a large cave system, and middle-earth movie magic, the region offers an abundance of activities.

Just south of Auckland lies the Hamilton-Waikato region; a land of lush pastures 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 Hamilton - Waikato region of New Zealand offers a wealth of nature-based activities and attractions surrounding a vibrant city hub.

Stay at the classy The Henley Hotel, a gorgeous country escape weaving together stunning rooms, intuitive service, relaxed luxury, and divine dining all in 29 acres of beautiful private parkland and manicured gardens. Or: If you looking for 5-Star boutique Bed & Breakfast "Kamahi Cottage" country accommodation, a beautiful farm, and garden location, stunning views, peace, privacy, gourmet food, and great hospitality – then Kamahi Cottage is perfect.

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 when darkness falls, float silently in a kayak downstream being guided by the glow worms on either side sparkling like Christmas lights. Discover on a gentle hike a Natural spring known for its clear blue water, with an adjacent walkway for picturesque hikes. 

If you’re a Tolkien fan, drive east to Matamata and visit Hobbiton Movie Set, the amazing Hobbit-sized village created for the movies. If you love nature you cannot bypass Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari Reserve, the largest ecological 'island' on mainland New Zealand. A haven for native wildlife and plans. Or take you can walk to the famous Blue Spring, which supplies around 70 percent of New Zealand's bottled water.

The international award-winning Hamilton Gardens is unique and tells beautifully the Story of Gardens through themed gardens. A visit worth not just for the garden enthusiasts. Relax for lunch at the Zealong Tea Estate, overlooking the plantation with surreal views you can indulge in a culinary experience. 

Plan Your Tour

Highlights

Self-drive (or as private guided for extra charges) Tour 2 nights
Category:
Culture
Location: North Island
Departing/Finishing: Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Central North Island
Accommodation: 5* The Henley Boutique Hotel (open from Sept.2020), 5* Luxury B&B Farm stay
Next Departure: Daily

LOCATIONS AND HIGHLIGHTS:
Day 1 Auckland – Waitomo - Cambridge
Otorohanga Kiwi House, Private Glow-worm cave Tour,
35 m high Marokopa Falls or/and Mangapohue Natural Bridge
(Optional: Kayak Glow-worm Tour, or Eco Cave adventure, extra charges)
Day 2: Waitomo - Matamata - Tirau 
Hobbiton Film set tour, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, 
Blue Spring Putarau, Art and Craft at Cambridge
Day 3: Cambridge - Hamilton - Auckland
Hamilton Gardens, Discover a High Tea Experience at Zealong 
(Optional: Waikato River Explorer, extra charges)

Price inclusive of GST:
From NZ$790 per person (double/twin share)
Group of 6 people with private transfer and tours: from NZ$690 per person (double)
2 nights at 5* boutique hotel or 5* farm stay B&B
1 gourmet dinner at the boutique hotel or farm stay
Entree fees Otorohanga Kiwi House
Private Glow-worm cave Tour
Small-Group Tour at Hobbiton Film Set (extra charges for private tour)
High Tea Experience at Zealong Tea

Experiences in this tour

Hobbiton

Hobbiton

One of the most visited attractions in New Zealand. It has been the set of a number of movies but the most well-known and possibly the most-loved is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
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Waitomo

Waitomo

World-renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list.
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