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Things to do in the Waikato

You definitely don't need an excuse to stay at Jonio's, but if you are looking for something special to do, here are a few ideas ...

Courtesy of Hamilton and Waikato Tourism

Middle-earth Movie Magic
Gain a first-hand insight into filming and the way things looked when shooting was in full swing and get up close with over 17 hobbit holes from the film including Bag End, Samwise Gamtree’s house and more.

Laid-back riders and family groups will love the sights of the Hauraki Rail Trail and the backcountry adventure of the Timber Trail, while the rugged Waikato River Trails offer excitement for serious mountain bikers and families of intermediate riding ability.

Free Attractions
The diverse Hamilton & Waikato region provides an abundance of free activities and attractions so you can experience the wonders and hidden gems of the region on any budget.

Walking, Hiking
You don’t need to be super fit to enjoy super views in the Hamilton & Waikato region. The region’s high points have breathtaking vistas, whether that’s the rich green farming countryside spread below you like a checked tablecloth, or the distant sight of snow-capped mountains to the south.

Family Fun
Make the most of family outings and holidays with the abundance of family-friendly activities in the region, whether it’s urban adventures, the great outdoors, water experiences or getting up close and personal with wildlife.

Underground Adventure
Weird and wonderful limestone formations emerge from the underground darkness which is also punctuated by the twinkling lights of thousands of glowworms. Simply stand and admire, or if you’re feeling more adventurous try abseiling, climbing, cave exploration or black water rafting.

Water Activities
Central to the region’s water activities is Waikato River, as it makes its way from the mountains to the sea. The longest river in New Zealand, it has carved a distinctive path through the region geologically and historically, being important to both Maori and European settlement in the area. Visitors and locals alike enjoy its cool, clear waters for boating, waterskiing, cruising and kayaking.

Metropolitan Vibe
At the heart of the Hamilton & Waikato region are its towns and main city of Hamilton, one of New Zealand’s fastest growing and most vibrant cities. All come with great shops and galleries, fantastic eateries with top events and visitor attractions to match.

Natural Habitat
Early settlers in New Zealand were struck by the country’s beautiful dawn chorus. Today the wonders of that chorus have largely disappeared, but a visionary project to recreate the experience is under way at Maungatautari, an ecological reserve in the heart of the region. Along with this internationally significant project the Hamilton & Waikato region is home to a number of conservation and wildlife initiatives including the Otorohanga KiwiHouse and Native Bird Park and is known for its peat lakes and wetland environs.

The Hamilton & Waikato region is the perfect spot for a golfing holiday. There are dozens of courses within close proximity to each other, many of them well established with attractive plantings and featuring views of rolling countryside or in some cases the Waikato River.

With its rolling hills and tranquil waterways, the Hamilton & Waikato region offers the perfect setting for indulgence.

The Waikato War Driving Tour
Discover the heritage and culture behind the significant Waikato battle sites as you delve into the history, landscape and stories that have shaped the Hamilton & Waikato region.

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