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A Short Break

There is more here than you think – take some time and revisit the Mighty Waikato.  Discover  more about the people and places, the flora and fauna, and the extensive early Maori and NZ history as you explore the Mighty Waikato region.

Conservation in action

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

Take some time to get out and discover this stunning Conservation masterstoke in action. Not only a wonderful place to visit, the story of it’s evolution and the engineering of the pest proof fence is fascinating!

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari offers picturesque walking trails through ancient native forest, with a variety of friendly birdlife to spot. The largest inland ecological island in NZ, Sanctuary Mountain is also home to Tuataru, and boasts a canopy viewing tower for a birds-eye-view of the forest in its Southern Enclosure.

Discover Waipa District

Self Guided Tour

History buffs will revel in the opportunity to discover places of local and national importance, and hear unique stories told by local experts with Te Ara Wai Journeys.  Using your mobile, you can take a tour of the unique Waipa landscape past and present with 6 different journeys.

Visit the sites of pivotal events which happened during the New Zealand land wars, the treasured mountain, Kakepuku. Explore the Waikato River, Karāpiro Dam and Maungatautari Mountain, and learn about the turbulent history of Pirongia township, its waterways and mountain. Discover Ngā Roto  – the site of the country’s largest intertribal battle, and the tree town of Cambridge. Explore natural and built places of significance to tangata whenua (indigenous people) and early European settlers.

Cycle and Soak

Te Aroha

Stretching from Kaiaua on the Coromandel Peninsula to the towns of Te Aroha and Matamata, the Hauraki Rail Trail takes in historic sites and stunning scenery. One of New Zealand’s easiest Great Rides, this trail follows historic railway lines and combines beautiful scenery with a glimpse into the area’s rich gold mining past.

After a day riding the nearby trails, relax in the pristine waters of Te Aroha Mineral Spas enjoyed by locals and visitors for their healing properties for over a century.

Movie Magic

Hobbiton Movie Set

Middle-earth movie magic can be found in the lush green countryside near Matamata, where The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies were filmed. Be inspired on a guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set where you can see the hobbit holes tucked into the hillside and learn about a significant part of New Zealand’s film history.