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Destination: Hamilton & Waikato Region

Memorizing deep blue welling springs with ribbons of river grass are steady flowing torrents captivating visitors with the extraordinary beauty of a natural spring. Surfing legends have been flocking to Raglan for years. Now the secret is out, the place rocks and not just for surfers. In search of the perfect summer holiday break Raglan might just be the answer for you and the family.

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Best places to visit

KIWI TOWNS WORTH A DETOUR

Heritage villages have big stories and quirky stops tempting visitors to explore the Waikato’s side roads from Marokopa: Things To Do and See in a Travel Guide – Pacific Jane with its stunning waterfalls and tunnel leading to a wild west coast beach where the only footsteps are yours. Perhaps it’s What’s so great about Otorohanga: what to do with its delightful, amusing kiwiana trail and kiwi house. The New Zealand story told in public art installations is a great stop for all age groups and perfect for instagram collectors of where to go for the next selfie. How about a town where there is a traditional whale boat festival, What’s so great about Te Waitere, what to do and best things to see and great walks. Cambridge is Waikato local favourite weekend destination with its superb year round weekend market and urban vibe combined with countryside vistas. Cambridge, Waikato trip guide, what to do, best activities: NZ. A picture postcard kiwi town where spring and autumn is showcased with leaf glory lining the main street Victorian streetscape. Shopping in Cambridge is a pleasure, not a large shopping mall in sight, traditional high street shopping with plenty of cafes to restore flagging energy.

Waikato Regional Art Galleries are a feast from Wallace Art Centre, Morrisville with its contemporary focus on emerging and established artists to towns such as Cambridge with its well known Saturday market where the artisans have pop up stalls Jane for holiday ideas and tip about where to go nearby.

Thames – Coromandel district layered history from Maori settlements, gold and coal mining and the lure of beaches where hot springs bubble up. How about an underground gold mining tour, for inspiration check TOP-10 things to do around Thames, trip guide, what to see: NZ.

WAITOMO CAVES

Adrenaline fuelled underwater adventure or a leisurely cruise on an underground river Waitomo offers choices on how to experience the massive underground geological wonder. Waitomo nearby offers visitors epic short walks, waterfalls found at the end of mossy fern gullies and extraordinary examples of ingenious ideas from tunnels to access a beach to a town celebrating all things kiwana. Find out what makes the place one of New Zealand’s internationally renowned tourist attractions. Captivating Waitomo is not just a subterranean cave rather it’s a lush, natural world weaving holiday magic for over 150 years and counting.

Piopio, Waitomo district top seven best things to do and what to see. Piopio is recognisable as the film location of The Hobbit trilogy.  Piopio sits between the underground world of the Waitomo Caves and Taranaki’s surf coast. Piopio’s location offers a base to explore the Waitomo Caves as well as proximity to Waitomo’s wild west coast.

HAMILTON

Hamilton is a great place for kids, family and friends with quirky museums, an interesting riverwalk, playgrounds, check out our Hamilton travel guide, activities, best things to do & see: NZ.

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RAGLAN OVERVIEW

Raglan is a North Island west coast gem, Waikato region near Hamilton. The black sand beaches of Ngarunui Beach and Manu Bay are surfing favourites. There is a well established surf club culture, surf schools and tourism experiences focused on the outdoors and the beach. Raglan with its urban vibe meets casual beach hangouts is known for its creative spirit with many artists calling the place home. Spend time in Raglan exploring an art gallery trail or a weekend enjoying the annual festivals such as Soundsplash. Raglan Old School Arts Centre – Community arts and events in Raglan Whaingaroa, as the creative voice for the area manages workshops and weekends finding your creative soul.

And visitors not interested in surfing are not disappointed with Ten things to do around Raglan that do not involve surfing ⋆ Travel Blog to check out. Nearby Raglan day trip exploring Kawhia and Aotea Harbours follow a road less travelled where crowds are not an issue.

Raglan what to do with kids is a holiday check list what to do with family and friends. There are horse treks, the glorious adrenaline rush of Raglan Rock Adventures or estuary walks.

RAGLAN – NATURE & OUTDOORS

Bridal Veil Falls is a bucket list destination for waterfall buffs with its horsetail sheer glittering drop. It’s a reasonable walk to the falls with a helpful guide marking off the steps already taken. It is definitely worth the puff and effort to get to an instagram favourite. MOUNT KARIOI is an extinct volcano now covered in temperate rainforest with sweeping views over the Tasman Sea. The steep sided mountain is a medium grade walk.

RAGLAN – FACTS AND GETTING THERE

Raglan travel guide has advice on the best time to go, getting there and tips where to go and what to see. For camping holidays Raglan is a local North Island favourite with sites booking out well in advance of the peak summer season, check out Twelve places to go camping in the Waikato and Central Plateau: location map and tips on what to do nearby

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