Waikato Tourist Attractions

The most visited tourist attraction in Hamilton is the Hamiton Gardens which offers five magnificent Garden collections spread over 58 hectares. The Hamilton Zoo, with over 600 native and exotic animals, is also well worth a visit. Waikato Museum is a great place to go to explore the region’s arts and cultural history. Hobbiton Tours offers the chance to see the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings / Hobbit film trilogy. Nearby Waitomo boasts the world famous glowworm caves plus other attractions such as cave abseiling and Black Water Rafting.



Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Gardens

Set on 58 hectares, offering 'the story of gardens' which is explored through a series of 5 garden collections including Te Parapara, New Zealand's first traditional Maori garden.

Hobbiton Tours

Hobbiton Tours

Offers informative and entertaining tours of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit's Hobbiton filming location on private farmland near Matamata.

Hamilton Zoo

Hamilton Zoo

Dubbed 'The Zoo with Personality', Hamilton Zoo is set in 25 hectares of tranquil surroundings, boasting over 600 native New Zealand and exotic mammals, birds and reptiles.

Kawhia Hot Water Beach

Kawhia Hot Water Beach

Located on Ocean beach (north-west of Waitomo on the western coastline), offering plenty of places to dig up a rejuvenating, instant natural hot water spa.

Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves

Offers unforgettable, informative boat ride tours through caves where you can view thousands of magical glowworms that radiate unmistakable luminescent light.

Waikato Museum

Waikato Museum

Offers exhibitions, activities and events that tell the stories of the Waikato region and include visual art, social history, tangata whenua and science.

Hamilton and Waikato Tourism

Hamilton and Waikato Tourism

The official online tourism guide to visiting Waikato and Hamilton, offering a wealth of information including destinations, attractions, accommodation and more.