Waikato Things to Do

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Waikato Things to Do

  • The Big Sheep Wool Gallery.

    Tirau Things to Do

    When it comes to big sheep, I'm reminded of the one on the outskirts of Goulburn in N.S.W. but this is certainly a worthy challenger. Situated right beside the tourist centre it offers all sorts of woollen items, even ones with possum fur mixed in.

  • Hamilton Gardens

    Hamilton Things to Do

    The gardens have several distinct sections, including the Paradise Collection, the Productive Collection, the Fantasy Collection, the Cultivar Collection, and the Landscape Collection. I visited the first one. Herein are the Chinese Scholars Garden, English Flower Garden, Japanese Garden of Comtemplation, Italian Renaissance Garden, American...

  • Hobbiton Movie Set

    Waikato Things to Do

    Waikato is the home to Matamata, the city where Peter Jackson created the Hobbiton Shire for his movie Lord of the Rings. It is located on a sheep farm just outside of the town, and tours are available to go visit the frame sets that have not been destroyed. There are still markers up where the sets once stood, and there are also story board...

  • Castle Pamela

    Tirau Things to Do

    Private collection of Dolls, Toys and Royal Albert China well displayed in this unique castle built to house these. Situated in a really nice spot overlooking lovely rolling farmland, not far from the centre of town. They have a nice large Cafe with nice food and drinks, including Devonshire Teas. The theme is regal and you can buy trinkets if you...

  • Hamilton Zoo

    Hamilton Things to Do

    Hamilton Zoo is compact and interesting, and you can get quite close to the animals. It's beneficial to buy a Zoo Guide so you can better manage your visit. This zoo is in many global programmes to help with the survival of endangered species. It's not a huge zoo on the global scale, but is very close to the city, has interesting animals and is...

  • Tirau Information Centre.

    Tirau Things to Do

    Tirau Information Centre built (1998) to look like a dog. This is no ordinary dog, but the traditional sheep dog that helped develop the area in years gone bye. At night his eyes and nose are lit with small lights. You can find very nice, clean toilets here at the Information Office, for your convenience, open 9am - 5pm daily. A great place to stop...


    Bridal Veil Falls is a beautiful and impressive 55m plunging waterfall near the seaside town of Raglan. To reach the falls, follow the track along side the Pakoka River for most of the way.There are two good viewing areas there. The waterfall can be viewed from both its top and at its base by taking the steep set of steps down to the next viewing...


    Like freshly picked Herbs from the garden, well this is the place to see a large herb garden, much to big for the backyard gardener!The Herb garden has a formal framework of paving and evergreens to set off the herb plants.The example at Hamilton Gardens has many of the features of the classic European 18th / 19th century gardens. These were...


    Being a keen gardener, Hamilton Gardens was on my must visit list. These were fairly large themed gardens. Well done and not at their best, Spring & Summer would be the best times to visit, they still weren't disappointing. A lot of work has gone into these gardens, and I thought it nice that admission was still FREE!There are five different...


    Renaissance gardens are always neat, tidy and geometrical. They have evolved from the ancient Medieval garden, and many of the elements from that earlier era were retained such as the high surrounding walls, flat square beds with edges lined with plants, and the arched trellis work. The Renaisaance garden has a strong central axis.


    The Zen garden is for viewing from a pavilion and one must use one's imagination. Using one's imagination becomes a Zen exercise.THE JAPANESE GARDEN OF CONTEMPLATION.As the name says, it really is a nice area where I could sit and let the worries of the world disappear! As with most Japanese gardens, it is set around a pond and designed to be...


    We took Maungakaw road up a hill to a lookout that gave lovely views over the Cambridge area. There is a native bush walk(approximately 20 minutes) for stretching the legs, and may be spotting a tui and wood pigeon that are meant to be found in the area, we didn't see either! In Spring, it is meant to be pretty when the Daffodils are in flower.It...


    Cambridge is a really nice town, with lots of tree lined streets and beautiful old buildings. They even have a Cambridge Tree trail that you can follow! Antique stores, arts and crafts shops.You can get a leaflet from the info centre of the Heritage walk around the town, and you can also do a tour to the beautifu gardens in the area. I bought a...


    The Arapuni Suspension Bridge is located just downstream from the Arapuni Power Station on the Waikato River. The 152-metre suspension bridge in the bush-lined gorge was built in the mid-1920s to allow workers from the village of Arapuni to access the power station construction site. It is listed as a Historic Place.I walked across it, it was...


    We passed through here on our way Paeora to Cambridge. Its only a small country town, with lots of Dairy farms and other rural industries.I wanted to visit as I had read and seen pictures about the town.Our 1st stop was probably like everybody elses, at the BIG DOG INFORMATION CENTRE which is right alongside the BIG SHEEP. These buildings were...

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  • Lake Karapiro

    Lake Karapiro is a large artificial lake located not far from Cambridge, about 10mins. A large amount of different events are held here, including rowing, hydro-plane, water-ski and Dragon boat racing to mention a few. Its great for water sports. Theres a nice camping ground and other accommodation available here.

  • Tin in Tirau

    Tirau was once upon a time a little town that you drove through on the way to Hamilton or Rotorua or whichever way you were travelling and didn't have much apart from a local public bar and a shop or two. There was very little there apart from the beautiful surrounding farms. As it's local website says "By the end of 1980's Tirau was becoming a...

  • The Castle Pamela

    The Castle Pamela is New Zealand's largest Doll and toy collection in New Zealand. Located in the little town in Tirau (Tee raul), it is a popular attraction for both the young and old. As a Golly collector, I was very pleased to come across my beloved little people who have been very much part of my life. The Castle is open 7 days a week from...

  • Hang out in the Hobbit Holes

    Waikato is the home to Matamata, the city where Peter Jackson created the Hobbiton Shire for his movie Lord of the Rings. It is located on a sheep farm just outside of the town, and tours are available to go visit the frame sets that have not been destroyed.There are still markers up where the sets once stood, and there are also story board...

  • Visit the Waikato River

    The Waikato River is actually the longest river in New Zealand, and truly is a beautiful thing to do while you are on the North Island. Since this river is so long, you have many opportunities to visit it. It runs from Mt. Ruapehu all the way down to Auckland, stopping shortly in Lake Taupo before dumping into the Tasman Sea.One of the best places...

  • Waitomo Caving

    I did this first 12 years ago and it is more or less the same - Wonderful!The guides are great at encouraging people to do what they can. They are also informative about the glow-worms and the formation of the cave system.


    This is a Otorohanga Zoological Society venue and is run to conserve nature and as a non-profit making venture.This kiwihouse has been around for as long as I can remember. I'm sure they have improved and renovated the house, but this surely must be the flagship of kiwi displays in our history.I'm sure it's situation is brought about by the nearby...

  • Visit the Hobbiton movie set.

    Visit the town of Matamata where you can go on the popular Hobbiton Movie Set tour, Lord of the Rings.Buy your tickets and catch the tour from the Matamata Information Office right in the centre of town.This is a Must See for all Tolkien fans, and is enroute from Auckland to Rotorua.Summertime tourtimes:9.30, 10.45, 12.00, 1.15, 2.30

  • The Hamilton Gardens

    I admit it, I love flowers and I love to potter about in the Garden (when I am not living in the desert of Saudi Arabia!). The Hamilton Gardens is a special place to visit and it is free to enter. What makes this place so special is the different themed gardens throughout the area, there are six of them in total to date. They are:The Chinese...

  • Kayaking Lake Karapiro.

    This is such a fun way to spend a few hours, and for just $20!!We hired a sea kayak and paddled across the lake and up a river and discovered an Amazon-like environment. Really nice venue, and quite accessible.If you phone and book the kayaks for the morning, around 10am (they open at 10am), when you return you can enjoy a lovely lunch at the...

  • Pokeno Bacon

    Home to New Zealand's famous Pokeno Bacon. Pokeno Bacon cure their own bacon products onsite - with their own secret recipe, and have prided themselves on selling only the freshest country bacon, sausages and pork products, at real country prices. There's always a frying pan full of sausages to try and I can wholeheartedly recommend the "Pork and...

  • Raglan

    Originally known by its maori name, Whangaroa, it was changed to the spelling of Whaingaroa so it couldn't be confused with the harbour of the same name in the Far North. Later again it was given the name Raglan and nowadays its known as 'Raglan By The Sea', as it is a coastal town with several beaches and a harbour. Amongst wax heads its known...

  • Otorohanga

    Kiwiana Capital - this is the place to see or find out about anything distinctly Kiwi. It is the best place for seeing the flightless bird in its own environment at the reknown Kiwi House and a 15 minute drive to Waitomo Caves for viewing glow worms or black water rafting.

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