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The Hamilton-Waikato region has something for everyone, from caving to glow-worms and Hobbit houses, surf breaks and more.

If your clients are Tolkien fans, they can head east to Matamata and visit Hobbiton Movie Set, the amazing Hobbit-sized village created for the movies. If surfing is more their style, then Raglan is the perfect spot for you, with one of the longest left hand breaks in the world.

For a magical underground experience, south is the Waitomo Caves, where the natural beauty of stalactites and stalagmites lit by the blue light of glow-worms will take peoples' breath away. And for those seeking more of an adrenaline rush, black water rafting and abseiling are not to be missed. 

The Best of Hamilton and Waikato

  • Underground activities – Go caving and see the glow worm displays at Ruakuri and Waitomo Caves, or see the Glow worm Grotto on a scenic boat tour or on black water cave rafting (tubing) trip.
  • Surfing – With a long left-hand break and consistently good surf, Raglan is the place to go.  If clients aren’t into surfing, they can walk along the unique black sand.
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tours – If you’re clients are a fan of The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings then they should take part on a guided Hobbiton Movie Set Tour.  Every tour ends with a complimentary beverage at the Green Dragon Inn.

Further Information

Videos on the Region and other New Zealand Regions
Hamilton Waikato Regional Tourism Organisation (Hamilton and Waikato Tourism)
Find an i-SITES Visitor Information Centre 
www.newzealand.com (Hamilton-Waikato)

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