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When you leave Te Atawhai, don’t miss the opportunity to extend your stay and discover the Waikato region – a geographically and culturally diverse area with many attractions.

Te Aroha is fast becoming known as ‘The Queenstown of the North,’ with kilometres of cycle rails to discover and many walking paths, from casual strolls to overnight bush excursions. Great cafes, the mineral spa pools and the wonderful village atmosphere are all tempting reasons to delay your return home. http://www.hamiltonwaikato.com/experiences/walking-hiking-trails/

Within 90 minutes of Te Aroha are many of the experiences the Waikato is known for – the Waitomo Caves being the jewel in the crown. Millions of years in the making these awe inspiring caves draw people looking for black water rafting adventures, along with those just there for the sense of wonder. http://www.waitomocaves.com/

Not far from Waitomo is the Kiwiana capital of the country, Otorohanga, proudly celebrating all things Kiwi, and home to the iconic Kiwi House, where you are guaranteed to see this nocturnal bird. http://www.kiwihouse.org.nz/

A visit to the Waikato is not complete without stopping in at Hobbiton, the bucolic setting for The Shire, which featured in the Lord of the rings movie, and the Hobbit Trilogies. http://www.hobbitontours.com/en/our-tours/

Dotted with pretty little villages, all within easy driving distance of Te Aroha, a visit to the Waikato region would not be complete without a stop in Cambridge, our Antique Town, Morrinsville to visit the Herd of Cows, or you could escape to the beachside towns of Raglan and Waihi.

https://www.cambridge.co.nz

http://www.morrinsvillenz.co.nz

http://raglan.net.nz

http://www.waihibeachinfo.co.nz

And at the hub of it all sits our only city, Hamilton, which is fast becoming known at the foodie centre of the region. But Hamilton has so much more to offer than great cafes and bars, it also is the home to several art galleries and museums, as well as the magnificent municipal gardens, http://hamiltongardens.co.nz/. The eighteen themed gardens, which are free to walk through, tell the Story of Gardening through different civilisations, and is also home to Te Parapara, New Zealand’s only productive Maori Garden.