The excellent Waikato Museum has five main areas: an art gallery; interactive science galleries; Tainui galleries housing Maori...
Runs a range of river cruises, focussed variously on sightseeing, history or your belly (coffee and muffins, hangi – a feast of maori...
Inside this snappily renovated 1878 heritage building are plenty of beers on tap, a good wine selection and lots of screens to catch the...
Simple, sophisticated Palate has a well-deserved rep for lifting the culinary bar across regional NZ. Chef/owner Mat McLean delivers an...
Waikato River information
The strong-flowing Waikato River is well worth investigating. Bush-covered riverside walkways run along both sides of the river and provide the city’s green belt. Jogging paths continue to the boardwalk circling Lake Rotoroa, west of the centre. Memorial Park is closer to town, and has the remains of PS Rangiriri – an iron-clad, steam-powered gunboat from the Waikato War – embedded in the riverbank (under restoration when we visited).
See Activities for some more options for exploring the river.