Waikato Region Guide
The Waikato has two spectacular landscapes - one above ground, the other below. Above ground the view is dominated by the peacefulness of the Waikato River and the rich rolling green of productive farmland.
The mighty Waikato river is best experienced from the deck of a classic paddle steamer. . The beautiful Waikato River carves its journey through the landscapes, and intersects the region's hub, Hamilton .
Hamilton is famous for its themed gardens, and the local zoo which has the largest free flight aviary in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Waitomo area, south of Hamilton, there’s a natural labyrinth to discover.
Massive subterranean caverns are adorned with stalactites and stalagmites - formations that have been millions of years in the making.
The magical limestone glowworm caves in Waitomo where you can glide through the darkness on a water-borne barge and admire the beauty and deep silence of the cave where the glow-worms overhead give the effect of an eerie underground sky peppered with twinkling stars.