Waikato Travel Guide

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Hamilton

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Tirau

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Raglan

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Waitomo Caves

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Matamata

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Te Aroha

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Cambridge

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Wairere Falls

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Paeroa

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Lake Karapiro

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Waihou

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Waharoa

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Taupiri

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Kawhia

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Karangahake

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Lake Karapiro

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Hamilton

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  • Gardens Cafe at Hamilton Gardens

    Hamilton Restaurants

    I'm only going to refer to the coffee. I ordered a Long Black, which traditionally is an espresso double shot with water added.I have to say what I got was the worst example of this I've had in a long time. There was absolutely no crema. The coffee looked and tasted dead and was little better than instant with water.I was bitterly disappointed. The...

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  • Novotel Tainui Hamilton

    Hamilton Hotels

    The Novotel Tainui is the only 4 star hotel in Hamilton. Standard Rooms are available for about...

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  • Hamilton International Airport

    Hamilton Transportation

    Hamilton Airport claims International status with it's connecting flights to and from Austalia and some Pacific Islands. This is very handy for travellers south of Auckland, as it's less distance and very accessible. Hamilton Airport is the fourth busiest in the country and an important domestic airport with light aircraft and scheduled flights...

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Tirau

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  • 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.

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  • The Castle Cafe.

    Tirau Restaurants

    Approaching Tirau from the south, you will see a big castle on a hill. Of course we don't have castles in New Zealand and this one is actually a cafe where you can stop for a cup of coffee and something to eat. Being a castle freak, I was intrigued enough to go up and have a look, but I didn't stop for food. There is a gift shop inside and the...

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  • The Merchant of Tirau

    Tirau Shopping

    This may not be a shop for travellers, but it could be. Especially if you are looking for some cuisine from home. There is a very interesting array of wine here and lots of other goodies to go with it, both from New Zealand and overseas. Almost a delicatessen. I spent a lot of time just looking and pondering. Now I can go back and buy from time to...

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Raglan

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  • Been around a long time

    Raglan Restaurants

    Vinnies has been in Raglan for over 14 years and has forged a good reputation during that time. Although not the original owners, not much has changed. Residing in an historic Kauri cottage, you can buy local arts here as well. A Café by day, and Restaurant by night, there is something to suit most here. An easy short walk from the Hotel, and close...

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  • Raglan Sunset Motel

    Raglan Hotels

    The room was very clean and big but the kitchen facilities where a bit limited. Lovely owners and...

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  • Bridal Veil Falls - Kawhia Road, Raglan

    Raglan Off The Beaten Path

    Bridal Veil Falls is a beautiful 55m waterfall just outside the town of Raglan (13 kms). It is also within reasonable driving distance from the city of Hamilton.To get there heading towards Raglan, turn left off State Highway 23 to Te Mata. Once past the little village of Te Mata, turn left on to Kawhia Road (this is a no exit road) and continue on...

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Waitomo Caves

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  • Black Water Rafting Co. Waitomo

    Waitomo Caves Things to Do

    There are a few caves in the area, some offering calm boat rides down glow-worm-lit caves. There are dry caving trips that test your mettle. Then there's Black Water Rafting's trips, that combine abseiling through a small hole in the ground, a pitch-black zip line, and a 15-foot jump into shockingly cold water. While you get a chance to tube under...

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  • Waitomo Caves Hotel

    Waitomo Caves Hotels

    Waitomo Caves Village, RD7, Otorohanga, North Island, 9999, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Business

  • Glowworms - what a sigh!

    Waitomo Caves Things to Do

    There are many cave formation in Waitomo area. The world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history.

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Matamata

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  • Lord of the Rings Tour

    Matamata Things to Do

    The farmer family are very lucky, after the Movie of Lord of the Rings the place is suddenly become a tourists spot, one thing to worth a visit the place is awesome the landscape is incredible the green environment is beautiful

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  • Tower Lodge Motel

    Matamata Hotels

    Tower Road, P.O. Box 18., Matamata, 3471, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hobbiton tours

    Matamata Things to Do

    One thing I'd like to come and Visit New Zealand is to see this place of the Hobbiton where the Movie Lords of the Ring Filmed. Nobody can't come straight here without booking first at Matama town, After returning back home I wanted to watched the film again the Lords of the ring to see where we have been walking at the Hobbiton place

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Te Aroha

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Cambridge

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  • Country Café and Art

    Cambridge Restaurants

    It's a short drive out of Cambridge into the more rural area to find The LilyPad Café, but well worth the effort.The setting is made more interesting with the inclusion of garden art and an art shop in the grounds. Staff are friendly, the feeling is warm and interesting and the place is bustling with activity. People often come from far and wide to...

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  • Cambrian Lodge Motel

    Cambridge Hotels

    63 Hamilton Road, Cambridge, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Do you love Specialty Icecreams?

    Cambridge Shopping

    My favourite flavours are:TiramisuPistachioLemon SorbetBut there are so many flavours to choose from, there must be something for you.Sorbet is a great option if you can't eat icecream. $2.90 to $5.00 for most normal sized waffle cones.

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Wairere Falls

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  • Heed any warning signs you see.

    Wairere Falls Warnings and Dangers

    When you see these Department of Conservations warning signs, take heed of them, as they will be there for a very good reason. New Zealand bush is dangerous and many visitors are injured by failing to heed general common sense rules, such as Read the Warning Sign and abide by it.

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  • Stormy and windy weather

    Wairere Falls Warnings and Dangers

    If there is a strong Westerly wind, and especially after a wet storm, then there will be a lot of water flying around. This also makes the track wet and slippery.Just take care with clambering over rocks for example, as you can slip and get seriously hurt.

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  • Nice group walk.

    Wairere Falls Favorites

    Situated just 10 mins drive from Matamata, the Wairere Falls walk is a nice group activity if you are in the area. Just a 45 mins walk both ways, it doesn't take all day to do. I often walk up here with friends either at the beginning or the end of the day.You can see the track is sometimes steep, and can be slippery when wet, but in general it is...

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Lake Karapiro

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    by kakapo Written Sep 19, 2010

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    About 5kms south of Cambridge on Tirau Road a lovely, clean cafe to stop for lunch when driving the North Isalnd. Indoor cafe area as well as large green outdoor area with shade, picnic tables and children's playground. Pets allowed to run here.
    Wide menu including gluten-free and vegetarian options, as well as hearty meals for carnivores.
    Friendly staff, ample servings and good prices.
    Everything was clean and food was fresh and delicious.
    Also sells a few souvenier-y things.
    Plenty of free parking for cars , campers and trucks.

    Favorite Dish: Great to find several home-made vegetarian options, as well as Gluten free, at what I would usually regard as a truck stop. Cakes and slices as well as meals, burgers and breakfast.
    Something for everyone - kids to rugby players - at affordable prices.

    Karapiro Cafe from the road children's playground and picnic area picnic area and grounds Karapiro cafe from far end of carpark
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Waihou

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  • Keep to the track.

    Waihou Warnings and Dangers

    Please respect the private property and that this is an operational farm. Keep to the track. It is also advisable to refrain from venturing to the rivers edge as there are obstacles such as wet bogland and hazardous holes like the one in the photo which has water flowing underneath. Keeping to the track is the safest pathway to take.

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  • Have a Waikato Beer at the Waihou...

    Waihou Things to Do

    These small town taverns are often worth a visit.The Friday Night Bar meals are fairly popular with the locals too. If you are in the area, this could be an opportunity to dine with real country kiwis!But be aware, Waihou and this little pub, are not close to the River walk. The walk is named after the Waihou River not Waihow township.

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  • Take a comfort stop at the halfway...

    Waihou Things to Do

    Conveniently positioned about half way along the Waihou Walkway track, is this very 'modern' Bio Loo. Basic and spartan, but functional and relatively clean all the same. Beats sitting on a thornbush or having animals watch while you relieve yourself in the woods. And it's environmentally friendly, ever so important these days. Just spinkle some of...

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Waharoa

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  • Cheese factory cafe

    Waharoa Restaurants

    Rather open plan, can be hard to hear. Open for lunch to the public. They do dinners for organised groups. Really modern fresh and pleasant food. A very nice selection of wines available to accompany your meal. I like to try the cheese, especially the Harvarti made right here in the cheese factory.

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  • and other forms of flying.

    Waharoa Things to Do

    And you can do other activities at the aerodrome, not just gliding. There is skydiving, flying, microlights, and models. It's a very busy little airport, especially during the summer months.

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  • GLIDING

    Waharoa Things to Do

    Enjoy the exhiliration of flight without the noise and vibrations of an engine. A truly worthwhile experience, and you can easily take photos out the canopy of the lovely countryside below. It's really a maze of every shade of green you can imagine!Trial flights cost from $75 - $175 NZD.They fly Sat/Sun and Wednesdays, and public holidays.

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Kawhia

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    by kiwi Updated Jan 1, 2007

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    Kawhia has a reputation for fresh fish so it makes sense to try their catch while here. Annies is a pleasant, comfortable place to eat with fine food to match. Situated in the main street of Kawhia, you can park right outside or nearby and enjoy your visit.
    We were intrigued by how the lovely Maori girl serving us broke into an almost different language to talk to her friends who came it. It was still English but with the unique dialect of the locals. Probably more a style than dialect, but interesting all the same.
    Service was of a very high standard, polite, friendly and efficient.
    Around the walls of the café are local art examples, which on the day we were there, depicted Maori women.
    Annies also has an Internet Café attached for your convenience.


    Favorite Dish: I can never really describe a favourite, as generally I don't go through the menu on a visit. However if you are a visitor to NZ and want to try something unique, then try the Whitebait Fritters. I don't go for them, but then I have the chance to try them anyway. But if you are a visitor to the country this is a great opportunity. Always remember with seafood to try it on the coast, where it should be freshest. If you are inland you know it has been transported.
    Kawhia is also famous for Flounder fish, so here is a chance to try that if you like. Here at Annies I had a very nice Savoury Muffin followed by a sweet slice, along with very nice espresso coffee.

    Annie's Caf�� Local art in Annie's Caf�� Board menus
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Karangahake

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  • Walk up some side rivers.

    Karangahake Favorites

    Again, if you have time, walk along the side rivers to find more beauty and if you are keen, and have a license of course, try your luck at trout fishing. The quiet of being alone, yet the loud noise of the river. It's truly beautiful.

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  • Owharoa Falls

    Karangahake Things to Do

    The Owharoa Falls are just on of the beautiful natural sites to be seen in the Karangahake Gorge. To get here it is only a 30 minute walk from the Visitor Centre at Waikino. Or you can see them from Waitawheta Road further down SH 2.

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  • BY CAR FROM AUCKLAND

    Karangahake Transportation

    We drove to Karangahake from Auckland. Drive on SH 1 until the turnoff for Coromandel after the Bombay Hills (SH 2)Continue on SH 2 following the signs to Tauranga and Waihi. Karangahake Gorge is located about half way between Paeroa and Waihi about one and a half hours from Auckland.

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6 March 2013 - Waikato is one of several regions of the North Island of New Zealand that have been declared drought zones. This means we must conserve water, and take care not to light fires. The...