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Holidays in Waikato

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Waikato Vacation: Coronavirus Information

Most Waikato hotels offer free cancellation. Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. Just look for the ‘free cancellation’ message during your hotel search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.

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Top Waikato Flight & Hotel Packages

QT Auckland
Greenlane Suites
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
Tetra Serviced Apartments by Nesuto
Mount Richmond Hotel

Top hotels in Waikato

Ramada By Wyndham Hamilton City Center
Ramada By Wyndham Hamilton City Center
3.5 out of 5
287 Victoria Street, Hamilton
The price is AU$138 per night from 8 Jul. to 8 Jul.
3.8/5Good! (582 reviews)
"An older building, done-up tastefully with everything needed. Staff helpful and friendly. Attached restaurant perfect for breakfast."

Reviewed on 7 Jun. 2021

Ramada By Wyndham Hamilton City Center
Hilton Lake Taupo
Hilton Lake Taupo
5 out of 5
80-100 Napier Road, Taupo
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$163 per night from 29 Jun. to 29 Jun.
4.3/5Excellent! (971 reviews)
"Hilton is great. Needed a late check-in due to travel. Except, because of late arrival only free parking available was away from the hotel. Rainy day. Not great. Eventually had to resort to PAID parking."

Reviewed on 15 Jun. 2021

Hilton Lake Taupo
Millennium Resort Manuels
Millennium Resort Manuels
4.5 out of 5
243 Lake Terrace, Taupo
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$167 per night from 24 Jun. to 24 Jun.
4.5/5Wonderful! (815 reviews)
"Nice quiet stay"

Reviewed on 12 Jun. 2021

Millennium Resort Manuels
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Top activities in Waikato


Visit a famous filming location, enjoy shopping in a metropolitan hub and explore caves and other striking natural areas in this beautiful region.

Waikato is a picturesque region featuring some of New Zealand’s most popular attractions, including a filming location of the famous Lord of the Rings series. Stay in a small village for caving and heritage buildings or enjoy many excellent outdoor activities, such as kayaking, swimming, mountain biking and hiking.

Take a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set in the rural Waikato town of Matamata. The town’s rolling hills and lush green pastures were chosen for the Shire and Hobbiton filming locations from the Lord of the Rings series. Wander through the picturesque hillside setting to see more than 40 individual “hobbit holes”.

Another highlight of Waikato is the Waitomo Caves, a complex network of sinkholes, underground rivers and limestone caves. Book a walking or boat tour of the caves to see an impressive display of stalactites and stalagmites. If you’re ready for a challenge, try rafting through the underground labyrinth with an experienced guide. Find the remarkable natural formations under the hills of Waitomo.

Stop at Hamilton for riverside walks and beautiful botanical gardens. The fourth-largest city in New Zealand features many excellent cafés, restaurants and bars. Visit Waikato Museum to learn the region’s history. Attend many international sporting events, including rugby, netball and cricket matches. With luxurious hotels and self-contained apartments, Hamilton is a great place to stay when visiting Waikato.

The scenic region is famous for its charming small towns. Stop at Cambridge for beautiful heritage buildings and pretty tree-lined streets. Tour a thoroughbred horse stud park or shop in many antique stores in the town centre. Cambridge also contains lovely public parks, attractive gardens and outstanding local restaurants.

Other excellent small towns include the West Coast beach town of Raglan and the historic coal town of Huntly. Find Waikato on New Zealand’s North Island, about 167 kilometres (104 miles) south of Auckland.

With so many attractive towns and lively urban areas, you’ll find perfect accommodation in Waikato.

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