Waikato, Hamilton and Waitomo

About The Region
Attractions + Events
Map
Drive Times

About The Region

A journey to Waitomo is where you can escape into the magical Waitomo Glowworm Caves under a galaxy of glowworms and to ancient Ruakuri Cave, a spectacular cave full of legends and tales. Walk amongst magnificent cave formations and see sparkling glowworms up-close.

“I wish I was a glow worm, A glow worm’s never glum. “cos how can you be grumpy when the sun shines out your bum!”

— Author: Unknown

Attractions + Events

Attractions

  • Waitomo’s awesome limestone caves and millions of glowworms.
  • The legendary left hand surf break at Manu Bay, Raglan.
  • Hot Water springs at Ocean Beach, Kawhia and hot mineral pools at Te Aroha.
  • Explore the 59 hectare Hamilton Gardens.
  • 11km walkway along the banks of the Waikato River from the heart of Hamilton city.
  • Otorohanga for its Kiwi House & Bird Park. It is also the ‘Kiwiana’ (national icons) capital of NZ.
  • Cambridge is world famous for thoroughbred horse breeding.
  • Middle-Earth Movie Magic at Hobbiton – Matamata.

Events

Visit the Waikato – Hamilton and Waitomo attend one of the many local events in this region.

  • February – July 2015
    Super Rugby Season, Home of the Chiefs Rugby Team
  • 10th – 13 June 2015
    New Zealand Agricultural Fiel Days
  • 26th July 2015
    Karioi Classic Mountain Bike Challenge
  • 4th October 2015
    Hamilton Half Marathon

Map

Waikato New Zealand

Drive Times

From To Kms Hrs
Hamilton Auckland 126 kms 1 hr 50 mins
Hamilton Waitomo 75 kms 1 hrs
Hamilton Rotorua 108 kms 1 hr 35 mins
Auckland Waitomo 200 kms 2 hrs 45 mins
Waitomo Rotorua 166 kms 2 hrs 20 mins
Hamilton Wellington 532 kms 6 hrs 30 mins
Waitomo Wellington 455 kms 5 hrs 45 mins