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Things to do in Waikato

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The top 66 attractions in Waikato

Coves in Whitianga
Cathedral Cove
At this site, you can take a spectacular walk of about 40 minutes which will take you to the edge of the sea . Here, you will enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific and the islands of the Coromandel Peninsula, descending to a beach that has a huge stone arch that connects the two parts of the beach. At high tide the passage is difficult, but at low tide you can cross without problems
Nature Reserves in Hamilton
Tongariro National Park
Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in New Zealand and it's the fourth oldest national park in the world. This national park is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It has a mixed character, because it mixes culture, it's a sacred place to the Maori people, and its volcanic origin from Three volcanic mountains (the Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro), can be found in the center of the park. And you can climb them! The easiest one is the Tongariro, which is 2000 meters tall.
Hiking in Turangi
Tongariro Crossing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered the best day hike in New Zealand. If the weather is good, you can see views of the three active volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park - Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. A bus takes hikers from Turangi population to the beginning of the path of a 19.5 km long trail and then it picks them up on the other side.
Beaches in Coromandel
Hot Water Beach
This beach is found on the Coromandel Pensinsula. It is a very nice beach which stands out because it is located on a geothermal area, and coincides with the tides. People like to dig holes in the sand that become spas hot temperature water.
Lakes in Taupo
Lake Taupo
Lake Taupo is the largest in New Zealand, and one of the most visited by tourists because it is best for navigation, fishing, or to enjoy one of the many beaches. A circumference of more than 200km by road.
Theme Parks in Matamata
Matamata is one of several places in New Zealand that caught onto the fever created by the Lord of the Rings series and created a reproduction of the hobbit-inhabited region near the city. Guided tours are offered every day in the morning and in the afternoon.
Waterfalls in Taupo
Huka Falls
You shouldn't miss Huka Falls if you are in Taupo. It's in a stunning natural setting, with rapids, and waterfalls where you can watch as the river falls with extreme force. The water color and the beauty of environment make this place something very special. You can take the boat closer to the waterfall, obviously after paying
Of Cultural Interest in Waitomo
Waitomo Caves
The Waitomo Caves are world famous because they have the interesting fact that little glow worms live in ceilings of the caves! They emit a bright, firefly-type light that attracts its prey and then they pull them in by a mucous thread that the insect gets trapped in. The first exploration of the Aranui Cave Tane Tinorau did in 1887, local Maori chief Fred Mace, English surveyor. In 1888 the cave was opened to the public for Tinorau and in 2005 a fire destroyed the visitor center, which is still under reconstruction.
Bays in Coromandel
Whitianga-bay of Mercury
On the Coromandel Peninsula, in the North Island, lies the beautiful Whitianga-bay of Mercury. The colors seen here cannot be found anywhere else at this country. The truth is there are a myriad of colorful areas in New Zealand, but this almost uninhabited area, to which you get to in your own car, there is no other way, offers a unequalled spectacle of colors. It was June, when winter begins there, the constant rains and sunrises on the same day made the environment constantly change color, this day we were received well. My friend Alice, from London, and I always like to get lost in this country, and be surprised by its amazing nature, unique and unmatched in the world.
Lakes in Taupo
Craters of the Moon
A set of craters, geysers and volcanic formations in the mountains, located in the charming resort town of Taupo, the best way to reach the craters is by car, but you can get in some by Shuttle Bus from one of the hostels or hotels. In the YHA Hostel they call for you. A visit to the crater costs $6, about 3 euros, and the duration of the visit is about 45 minutes. a nice mountain road with marked trail, you can see the craters and steaming geysers etc, in some places the smells are strong and intense
Nature Reserves in Coromandel
Coromandel Peninsula
Port Jackson is a unique place in the Coromandel Peninsula on the tip of the island. At one end, you think this is where human life ends and marine life begins! And there you will be alone, or with other travellers who are fascinated easily with being alone.
Forests in Coromandel
Matarangi is a wooded area on the Coromandel Peninsula. It's a fresh, green, rainy area with good pastures and precious trees. You have to go by car like my friend Alice from London and I did. The area is famous for its nature, which is wild, but still tranquil. A slow and quiet beauty which is only possible in these distant lands. From any area of ​​the North Island you have go by car, but be careful because the roads are not paved and because they are always wet, they can be very slippery. The road to get here is like a dream, like all the North Island.
Of Cultural Interest in Thames
Seafront of Thames
They like wild things in New Zealand and the boardwalk is no exception. It is about 5 miles long, with half being the centre of the town and the other half a beautiful bay. With its wooden walkway that runs parallel along the sea you can view fantastic sunsets.
Of Cultural Interest in Coromandel
Moko Art Gallery
This is a fantastic art gallery which is located in the Hot Water Beach. The exhibits include works from the couple (who owns the gallery) and works of other artists. They have pendants, ceramic works, iron sculptures and very original objects, some collectors items like 2 Vespa Quadrophenia models.
Of Cultural Interest in Thames
Kauaeranga Valley Visitor Centre
This visitor center is well organized and explains the history of the valley and logging operations that occurred in the ancient Kauri forests, which includes the construction of a railway to move the huge trunks.
Of Cultural Interest in Thames
Kauri Trail in Kauaeranga Valley
This is a very interesting hike of about 7 hours. The return can be made on a slightly longer but very interesting road. Here you will pass the the ruins of a railway built to carry Kauri tree trunks. One should carry plenty of water as it can get very hot, however the reward is a a spectacular 360 degree view from the top of the summit. The summit is reached after climbing an iron staircase and iron hooks attached to the rocks. .
Of Touristic Interest in Turangi
I-Site Centre Turangi
Tourist offices in New Zealand have taken a step forward and have become multimedia centers and booking information. At these offices, the staff is very enthusiastic and can handle anything. They do not charge commission, ensuring your indpendence. The Turangi is one of the best, with extensive information Tongariro NP
Forests in Waikaretu
The Naikaretu Reserve
When Woodward bought the land, the second jewel in the crown (the first and foremost is the Nikau Cave came with the package. Declared a nature reserve 30 years ago, it can be accessed via a floating bridge located on a bend just before Nikau Café. A small sign indicates that there is a rest area, but what you never imagined is that on the other side of the bridge you end up in an oasis in the middle of a desert of farms in the region. The river that marks the valley and leads into a magnificent waterfall, is the source of the explosion of flora and fauna of this little area. The walk is just a 25-minute walk, so you can delve into the Hobbit forest. At times it feels as though you have been whisked off into another part of the country. Also thanks to two Dutch students who worked and developed environmental and marketing plans for Nikau Café, the route has information of the local flora, which thanks to a book provided in the coffee shop, provides abundant information on the species in the region (some with funny names).