The most famous thing about Waitomo is the Caves. They are a major tourist attraction in New Zealand, and most visitors to this country wind up there at some point. That is, of course, because they are absolutely magnificent. With a small permanent population held up by the tourism to the caves, Waitomo is an interesting place to visit but once you’ve done your deeds, there is nothing else to do but watch grass grow.

Things to do in Waitomo If a bit of black water rafting and glow worming sounds like fun to you, then stop at Waitomo Caves. With all sorts of interesting activities here, this little New Zealand treasure is worth every cent you will spend to

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Waikato Towns

A summary of the Waikato towns

Matamata With 12,000 residents, Matamata is quite a large rural town at the base of the Kaimai Ranges, south of Hamilton. It is an important bloodstock region, and farming is the basis for its existence. It is, however, large enough to have regular events and a more than just floating social calendar. Matamata is thriving, as it has done for many years because there is no alternative.

Things to do in Matamata Hobbiton Movie Set Tours are interesting and fun for kids, and Wairere Falls are a nice place to stop off to take the obligatory photographs and ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’. Firth Tower Museum and the Opal Hot Springs are also places worth taking

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Te Aroha

A rural village and rest stop

Te Aroha is off the main tourist route which can be refreshing in itself and makes a good place for a holiday. This small quiet town on the northern side of the Waikato serves the local farming industry and has its own natural thermal pool.

It is unique in that it is situated at the foot of the Kaimai ranges, the bush clad hills rise directly from the edge of town where there are many walkways. Just leave your car in safety at your hotel and take to the hills.

Perhaps the best kept secret here is the natural hot soda thermal pool complex where you can rest your bones. There is a small

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Equine paradise

A satellite town of Hamilton, Cambridge provides an ‘out of the city’ experience with small town New Zealand warmth and all the benefits of living near a large centre. Cambridge is well loved by its residents, and charms visitors with its olde English appeal. It is also known as the “Town of Trees”, with the gorgeous huge oaks lining the streets.

Cambridge is well-known for being an active participant in the thoroughbred industry in New Zealand and horses are traded world wide.

Things to do in Cambridge Shopping and there are gardens and parks to admire and wander through. The Heritage Trail, with 25 historically significant sites, is a walk around central Cambridge. The Cambridge Museum

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A city on the plain

Situated on the banks of the Waikato river, Hamilton is one of the North Island larger cities and the commercial centre of the Waikato region. It covers the Waikato, Hauraki, Coromandel Peninsula, the northern King Country, much of the Taupo District, and parts of Rotorua District. It is governed by the Waikato Regional Council.

Hamilton is New Zealand’s third fastest growing New Zealand city with over 153,000 people people, and because of this it has an evolving personality. With farming as its community base, this is not a surprise. Farmers are not renowned for their fashion sense and individualism. It doesn’t have the big city feel, it is far more personal

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Coromandel Peninsula

The stump of the north

The character of the Coromandel is formed by protected forests, marine parks and many other natural features which are easily accessed to give you a sense of discovery in this unparalleled environment.

A chilled-out hot spot in New Zealand The Coromandel Peninsula is one of the most beautiful areas of New Zealand. Despite the logging that goes on, leaving behind the naked earth and ugliness, this place is definitely special. When you arrive to the Coromandel, you are greeted by Kopu, a tiny little settlement which offers you two choices: go over the Kopu-Hikuai Road to the East Coast beaches, or head up the inside of the Hauraki Gulf to Coromandel Township.

Up the Inside

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