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Things To Do In Hamilton & Waikato

The riverside metropolitan city of Hamilton, with its vibrant café and bar scene and thriving nightlife, is centrally positioned to all the tourist attractions in the Waikato region - a land of lush pastures that was chosen to play The Shire in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.For a magical underground experience, the Waitomo Ca... Show More

Tourist Information About Hamilton & Waikato

Top Attractions

Hobbiton & Rotorua Including Wai O Tapu from Auckland

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Our Hobbiton & Rotorua including Wai O Tapu day trip combines two of the Nor ......

Karangahake Gorge Ebike Tour

Karangahake Gorge Ebi...

This scenic ebike tour explores the natural beauty of the Karangahake Gorge. Kar ......

Limestone Express Kayak Tour

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A perfect mix of adventure & comfort makes for our Top Quality Excursions. ......

Coromandel Peninsular Tour from Auckland

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Our Coromandel Peninsula Highlights Tour is a small group, fully guided day trip ......

Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton - One Way Tour

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Travel in comfort from Auckland to Rotorua on this one day tour and experience the world-famous Lord of The Rings Hobbit ...

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Waterfall Wanderer

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Raglan Rock’s Waterfall Paddle takes you to one of Whaingaroa Harbour’s most precious secrets, Okete Falls. A gentle ...

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Rotorua Highlights including Wai O Tapu

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Join us on this small group tour to Rotorua where you can experience Wai O Tapu Geothermal Wonderland at your own pace.

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Real Rock Climbing Experience

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Climbing is the fastest growing adventure sport in the world, and luckily for us, it’s our passion! Climbing indoors i ...

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Escape HQ Hamilton

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Prepare for an exhilarating hour of fun and entertainment! Choose your game and then expect to be challenged, as you fin ...

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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Tour, from Auckland

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Our Hobbiton & Waitomo small group, fully-guided day trip combines two of the best attractions in the North Island t ...

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Karioi Glowworm Canyoning

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

As the sun goes down, begin your journey into the ancient lava flow flowing off Mount Karioi. Wrapped up in the latest c ...

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Sunset Cruise. Fish & Chips optional

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Sunset Cruise with Option to order Fish n Chips for an additional $15. Bookings essential 3 hours prior to departure oth ...

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Alpaca Feeding Trail

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Walk the alpaca trail and feed them over the fence. This option runs for ±25 minutes on the half-hour between 10 am - 4 ...

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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour From Auckland

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, we’re going on an adventure! See the famous Hobbiton Movie Set on a fully guided small group ...

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Karioi Canyoning

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Come and experience the adventure everyone is talking about. Karioi Canyoning is an adrenaline-pumping journey that happ ...

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Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves - One Way Tour

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

One day tour from Auckland to the beautiful Waitomo Glowworm Caves and geothermal wonderland of Rotorua (One way trip).

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Waikato River EBike tour

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Start your ebike ride in the small regional town of Ngaruawahia. Ride beside the breathtakingly beautiful Waikato river ...

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Original Pioneers Caving

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

With Raglan Rock caving sometimes on your knees and perhaps at times on your belly, but however you journey through our ...

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Rotorua Highlights inc Te Puia Tour, Haka & Hangi Buffet Lunch

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Experience nature & Māori culture in our Rotorua Highlights tour which includes guided tour & entry at Te Puia, ...

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The Sea Kayak Excursion

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Explore New Zealand's ancient coastline on this boutique guided sea kayak excursion. Enjoy hot drinks and decadent treat ...

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Waitomo Caves & Rotorua including Te Puia Tour

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Our Waitomo Caves & Rotorua fully guided day trip combines nature, Māori culture and two of the top attractions in ...

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Lunchtime cruise. Fish & Chips optional

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Come enjoy complimentary light refreshments or treat yourself to some fish & chips from Raglan Fish. Set off from ...

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Family Friendly Caving Adventure!

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

30 million years ago Mother Nature worked her magic and began to form some of the most incredible and beautiful caves th ...

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Hobbiton & Rotorua including Te Puia from Auckland

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Our Hobbiton & Rotorua including guided tour at Te Puia day trip combines two of the North Island top attractions.

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Rotorua Highlights including Te Puia

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Experience the world famous geothermal and Maori cultural wonders of Te Puia. This unforgettable tour combines natures p ...

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Tourist Information About Hamilton & Waikato

The riverside metropolitan city of Hamilton, with its vibrant café and bar scene and thriving nightlife, is centrally positioned to all the tourist attractions in the Waikato region - a land of lush pastures that was chosen to play The Shire in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.For a magical underground experience, the Waitomo Caves with the natural beauty of stalactites, stalagmites and glowworms will take your breath away. Also in the vicinity are black water rafting and abseiling, Raglan's surf coast and the historic Te Aroha Mineral Pools.Known for its scenic diversity the Hamilton and Waikato region offers a myriad of options for those keen on walking, hiking and cycling, a round of golf or a ride in a hot air balloon. The Hamilton region of New Zealand offers a wealth of nature-based activities and attractions surrounding a vibrant city hub.


Best Attractions and Things to do in Hamilton and Waikato



Hobbiton movie set

1. Hobbiton movie set

The Hobbiton Movie Set tour will take you through the authentic movie set built for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film series, which includes The Hobbit. The Green Dragon Inn is a real pub that serves excellent meals and a choice of rare ales. It's a memorable tour highlight for most. The rural setting and incredible craftsmanship make it easy to imagine the hobbit's joyful and tranquil life.

 
Escape HQ

2. Escape HQ

If you happen to be in Hamilton when the weather isn't at its finest, one of the best indoor activities, with your family or without, has to be Escape HQ. With an exhilarating hour of fun and entertainment, you'll pass the day without a second thought. At Escape HQ, you can choose your game and then expect to be challenged, as you find clues and solve puzzles using logic and problem solving skills!

 
Waikato River

3. Waikato River

The Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand, running for 425 kilometers! It even flows through New Zealand's largest lake; Lake Taupō. The best way to explore the true power of the river is by cruise or jet boat tour. The less wet option is to take one of the many cycle trails alongside it.

 
Raglan

4. Raglan

Raglan is a great place to visit even if you aren't a surfer. This eccentric tiny coastal town is only 35 minutes from Hamilton and offers inventive food, artisan shops, outstanding coffee, estuary kayaking, and black sand beach walks. Bring your favorite board or stick to the basics with some bodysurfing to enjoy the famed waves. Raglan is known for black-sand Ngarunui Beach and the long surf break at Manu Bay.

 
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

5. Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari provides magnificent treks and wilderness walks, as well as guided tours and a sanctuary for native New Zealand birds and other animals, including several endangered species. Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, south of Hamilton, is one of New Zealand's most spectacular conservation efforts. This mountain's entire perimeter is predator-proof, allowing rare native species to thrive. Find kaka, hihi, tieke, takahe, kakariki, and kokako, as well as the usual suspects like tui, piwakawaka, kereru, and bellbird, by following the trails. After dark, you can arrange for a guided tour to hear kiwi and ruru and observe glowworms.

 
Lake Karapiro's

6. Lake Karapiro's

Lake Karapiro is a man-made reservoir lake on the Waikato River in Karapiro, 8 kilometers south-east of Cambridge. Lake Karapiro's tranquil waters are ideal for an on-the-water experience incorporating kayaks or paddle boards. Back on dry land, have a picnic and stroll or bike the Lake Karapiro part of Te Awa, New Zealand's Great River Ride. The lake is a great place to swim in the summer.

 
Bridal Veil Falls

7. Bridal Veil Falls

The Pakoka River leads to the top of the Waireinga/Bridal Veil Falls, which is an excellent short trek through native forest. This portion of track is ideal for children's pushchairs and is designed for assisted wheelchair use. There are two viewing platforms at the top of the falls that offer breathtaking views of the falls and surrounding landscape. The track then dips steeply down stairs to a halfway point.

 


Top attractions in Hamilton & Waikato



Alpaca Feeding Trail: Get up close and personal with these charming and gentle creatures on an alpaca feeding trail in Hamilton and Waikato.

Hobbiton: Journey to the heart of Middle Earth with a visit to Hobbiton, the movie set of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies.

Escape HQ Hamilton: Put your problem-solving skills to the test with a fun and challenging escape room experience at Escape HQ Hamilton, where you can work together with friends and family to escape a themed room in under an hour.



Top fun activities in Hamilton & Waikato



Alpaca Feeding Trail: Spend a day surrounded by the friendly and fascinating alpacas at the Alpaca Feeding Trail in Hamilton and Waikato. This unique experience allows you to feed, pet and interact with these gentle animals while learning about their fascinating history and behaviors. With a variety of alpaca breeds to discover, and beautiful natural surroundings to explore, this is an enchanting experience for the whole family.

Hobbiton: Immerse yourself in the world of Middle Earth with a visit to Hobbiton, the famous movie set from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Explore the rolling hills, quaint hobbit holes, and the iconic Green Dragon Inn, all while learning about the rich history and cultural significance of this incredible location. Whether you're a fan of the films or simply love exploring beautiful landscapes, Hobbiton is a must-visit destination in Hamilton and Waikato.

Escape HQ Hamilton: Put your problem-solving skills to the test with a visit to Escape HQ Hamilton, a fun and challenging escape room experience. With a variety of rooms to choose from, each with its own unique theme and set of puzzles, you and your friends will have to work together to solve the clues and escape before time runs out. With immersive environments, exciting challenges and an addictive adrenaline rush, Escape HQ Hamilton is a thrilling experience that is sure to leave you and your friends talking for days.



The best things to do with kids and children’s activities in Hamilton & Waikato



Alpaca Feeding Trail: Take the kids on an exciting and educational adventure to the Alpaca Feeding Trail in Hamilton and Waikato. With friendly alpacas to feed, pet and interact with, children will love learning about these fascinating animals while enjoying the great outdoors.

Hobbiton: Take your kids on a magical journey to Middle Earth with a visit to Hobbiton, the famous movie set from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. With hobbit holes, rolling hills, and plenty of sights to see, kids will love exploring this incredible location and learning about the world of Middle Earth.

Escape HQ Hamilton: Introduce your kids to the exciting world of escape rooms with a visit to Escape HQ Hamilton. With a variety of rooms to choose from, each with its own unique theme and set of puzzles, your kids will have to work together to solve the clues and escape before time runs out. With immersive environments, exciting challenges and an addictive adrenaline rush, Escape HQ Hamilton is a thrilling experience that the whole family will enjoy.



Best things to do near Hamilton & Waikato?



Skydive Auckland: Ready to throw yourself out of a perfectly good plane? Redefine freedom and escape reality at Skydive Auckland with the highest tandem skydive in New Zealand at a thrilling 20,000ft. Imagine the excitement of freefalling at a speed of 200+ km/hr with a spectacular and unique backdrop of both the east and west coasts of New Zealand. After freefall you will enjoy the serenity of a beautiful parachute ride and see stunning views in every direction. As soon as you are down, you will want to do it all over again!

Hologate: See, move and feel the VR dimensions in a completely immersive and realistic way while your body becomes the controller and your mind believes it’s real! Hologate VR lets you live the adventure! You might find yourself in the middle of a massive snowball fight, competing on a challenging rhythm and beat battle or trying to survive a zombie attack together with your friends!

Auckland Harbour Sailing Cruise: Enjoy the unique Auckland landscape from the water on our relaxed harbour sailing experience. Take in Auckland’s city highlights; sail under the Harbour Bridge, see volcanic peaks and the iconic city skyline from the best view in town. Sit back and relax or get involved and help our friendly, knowledgeable crew sail our purpose built 50 foot yachts. Enjoy the afternoon on the water with your choice of fresh coffee, tea or a hot chocolate plus a delicious sweet treat.

Weta Workshop Unleashed: Part film set. Part creative workshop. But all is not what it seems. Inside these paint-splattered walls, fantastical worlds are brought to life with Workshop wizardry. We’ve unleashed Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy’s most essential residents into the mix: monsters, wildly realistic giants and one GALACTIC robot. Enter Weta Workshop Unleashed. Experience a world where fantasy and reality collide.

Adrenalin Forest: Adrenalin Forest is a multi-level aerial obstacle course that is designed to progress you higher and higher into the trees. We train you to navigate yourself through the series of tree to tree platforms with activities like rope bridges, Tarzan swings, nets, flying foxes and of course loads more. With multiple different courses and around 3 hours of entertainment, fun, challenge and of course Adrenalin. This is a great way to build your confidence while having a good time with your friends, family or work mates

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