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Don’t be misled by the symbolic cowbells – there is more to the Waikato than dairy farming. Even tea grows here!
From the superb public gardens of Hamilton to the spellbinding magic of the caves of Waitomo, be prepared to be entranced by this lovely region.
For fans of the Tolkein stories and the movies based on them - Lord of The Rings and the Hobbit – be sure to take in the town of Matamata and visit the Hobbiton movie set.
To the west, take in the surf beaches and sunsets of Raglan and the history of Kawhia if you can.
A visit to the caves at Waitomo should feature on your itinerary too. The magnificent stalactites and stalagmites will amaze you. The crowning glory is the spectacular glow worm cave!
The Waikato has many sporting attractions too, with New Zealand rowing being centred on Lake Karapiro and cycling at Cambridge. Mountain biking opportunities abound too.
Waitomo Caves area luxury accommodation
Prices from $155 to $355 per couple
Waitomo, Waikato, North Island, NZ
Montrose Farm is Waitomo's hidden gem, offering a five star farm holiday stay in a stunning setting, close to all the central North Island's major attractions - and a stone's throw from the action of Waitomo Caves. Choose the cosy Cottage or the Manor, which is also available as an exclusive lodge.
Prices from $253 to $333 per couple
The Lodge is 5 mins from Morrinsville, 25 minutes east of Hamilton
Oak Lane Lodge is an expansive 105 year old home (Qualmark 4 star plus) situated in rural Waikato, and is at the end of a spectacular 600m tree lined driveway. Set amongst 2.5 hectares of mature gardens and magnificent 105+ year old trees. Evening meal available on request.
45 minutes from Auckland Airport, 15 minutes from State Highway 1
Guests staying at Miller House are invited to retreat from busy lives to relax in the luxury of the Kaipo Suite at this elegant, historic 1895 farmhouse. Your stay includes refreshments on arrival, an extensive continental breakfast, and exclusive use of the accommodation and grounds.
Mobile (and SMS): 0276026577
Address: 600 Onewhero-Tuakau Bridge Road, Onewhero
Waitomo Caves area
Prices from $375 per couple
14 kms from Otorohanga; 30 kms from Waitomo Caves.
Kamahi Cottage is a luxury country cottage, farm stay & self-contained 5-Star B&B, 30 mins from the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, 15 mins from Otorohanga. Romantic retreat & peaceful, private stay set in a beautiful country garden on a sheep & beef farm. Stunning hilltop views of rural New Zealand.
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