Waikato Region

The entire boundary of Waikato region in the North Island is very big and covers around 25 thousand km of the North Island.

If you arrive in Auckland and drive south, Waikato is the next region you come to, the boundaries cross from west to east coast, include the Coromandel Peninsula, and run down the centre of the North Island to also contain Taupo, Rotorua, and part of Mt Ruapehu.

The ‘official’ region boundary if you like, relates to local government and district councils. As far as being clear for tourists goes, it makes more sense to list the districts for travellers and tourists looking for things to do and places to go in the Waikato region.

Districts

Waikato River White Water
Waikato River Huka Falls
  • Hamilton
  • Hauraki
  • Matamata Piako
  • Otohoranga
  • Rotorua
  • South Waikato
  • Taupo
  • Thames / Coromandel
  • Waikato
  • Waipa
  • Waitomo

Waikato Attractions and Activities

This area has a lot of famous places such as Lake Taupo which is the largest lake in NZ, Waikato River running from Lake Taupo to the Tasman Sea, the amazing glow worm caves of Waitomo, and thermal wonderlands of central North Island such as around Rotorua and Tongariro areas.

These are just a sample...

Waitomo Caves
Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park
Maungatautari Wildlife Reserve
Te Aroha Hot Springs
Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park
Coromandel Peninsula
Cathedral Cove
Hot Water Beach
Thames and Coromandel towns
Whitianga
Gold Mines
Tokaanu Hot Springs
Hobbiton and Middle Earth near Matamata
Lord of the Rings Movie Sets
Te Wairoa Buried Village Rotorua
Wairere Falls
Rotorua Thermal Areas
Mitai Maori Village Rainbow Springs, Rotorua
Rainbow Springs Nature Park Rotorua
Waimangu Thermal Valley
Giant Redwood Forest
Waikato River and Trails
Huka Falls and Walks
Lake Taupo
Waingaro Hot Springs
Mount Te Aroha Reserve
Matamata
Raglan - Surfing a Left Hand Break
Hauraki Rail Trail

Places in Waikato Region

Coromandel Peninsula

Colville
Cooks Beach
Coromandel Township
Far North
Hahei
Hot Water Beach
Karangahake Gorge
Kuaotunu
Matarangi
Opito Bay
Pauanui
Slipper Island
Tairua
Te Kouma
Thames
Waihi
Whangamata
Whangapoua
Whenuakite
Whitianga

Rotorua

Hamurana
Lake Okareka
Lake Rotoiti
Lake Tarawera
Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake)
Ngongotaha
Paradise Valley
Rotorua City

Taupo

Acacia Bay
Huka Falls
Kinloch
Lake Taupo
Mangakino
Taupo Town
Tokaanu
Turangi
Wairakei

Waikato

Arapuni
Cambridge
Gordonton
Hamilton
Huntly
Karamu
Kawhia
Lake Karapiro
Matamata
Morrinsville
Ngaruawahia
Ohaupo
Otorohanga
Paeroa
Pirongia
Port Waikato
Putaruru
Raglan
Reporoa
Te Aroha
Te Awamutu
Te Kauwhata
Te Kuiti
Tirau
Tokoroa
Tuakau
Waitomo

Map of Waikato