Waikato

New Zealand

Popular cities in Waikato

Wairakei showing a hot spring
Wairakei
Known for Dining, Friendly people and Spas
While an unlikely holiday destination at first sight, Wairakei’s powerful natural features can sooth the soul.

Reasons to visit

  • Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa
  • Craters of the Moon
  • Aratiatia Rapids
Waihi featuring tranquil scenes, a small town or village and landscape views
Waihi
Known for Hiking, Swimming and Biking
Waihi and gold mining go way back and today the town and its mine are inseparable, both still going for gold.

Reasons to visit

  • Owharoa Falls
  • Martha Mine
  • Gilmour Reserve
Huka Falls which includes a bridge and rapids as well as a large group of people
Taupo
Known for Lakes, Spas and Family-friendly
Set in a geothermal landscape, overlooking New Zealand’s largest lake, it’s only logical that Taupo is a hot item on the North Island’s tourist trail.

Reasons to visit

  • Taupo Bungy
  • Taupo Museum and Art Gallery
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Hamilton
Known for Spas, Family-friendly and Gardens
Hamilton has the appeal of a country town and the cultural attractions of a city, and is close to many of New Zealand’s popular attractions on the North Island.

Reasons to visit

  • Hamilton Gardens
Thames which includes a house
Thames
Known for Tours, Rivers and Historical
From an old gold-mining town, Thames has turned into a quaint little oasis. All is not as mellow as it seems though…
Cambridge showing night scenes and an administrative building
Cambridge
Known for Gardens, Countryside and Tours
A visit to this tree-lined North Island town with its peaceful parks, boutique stores, cafés and scenic lakes is a pleasant day trip from Hamilton.