A geographically and culturally diverse area, the Hamilton & Waikato region has a wide range of activities and attractions to suit all ages and tastes-from surfing world class breaks and strolling through caves to wine tasting and heritage trails.
The Waikato Museum and the Gardens Hamilton
Soak up the Waikato community's rich arts and culture in the Waikato Museum (opens in new window). Highlights include the majestic waka war (Maori canoe), local artwork exhibition galleries, and the Waikato WW1 floor,' For Us They Break.' Then go to the area's most visited attraction, the Hamilton Gardens (opened in a new window) that tell the Garden History from various cultures through thematic garden collections.
Ride the Timber Trail
Venture through the middle of North Island on the Timber Trail, an 87-kilometre bike path winding through the Pureora Trees. Tracing the route of old logging routes, the trail includes relics of the logging history of the area as well as ancient trees, natural woods and eight large suspension bridges.
Enjoy the Waikato River cruise
Soak up the majesty of New Zealand's longest canal, the Waikato River, which flows through the heart of Hamilton on a Waikato River Explorer cruise.