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
Self-drive (or as private guided for extra charges) Tour 2 nights
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)