Places in Waikato
Laid-back Raglan may well be NZ’s perfect surfing town. It’s small enough to have escaped mass development, but it’s big enough to exhibit signs of life including good eateries and a bar that attracts big-name bands in summer. Along with the famous surf spots to the south, the harbour just begs to be kayaked upon.
The name says it all. Despite the rambunctious Waikato River looking nothing like the Cam, the good people of Cambridge have done all they can to assume an air of English gentility with village greens and tree-lined avenues. Cambridge is famous for the breeding and training of thoroughbred horses.
Tours and activities
Small-Group Tour: The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland
Enter the magical world of ‘the Shire’ on this small-group movie set tour to Hobbiton from Auckland. See where the The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed and pose for pictures in front of hobbit holes...
Tips and articles
Bottoms up: New Zealand's top 10 country pubs
With a shed load of rural settlements and a penchant for a cold pint, it’s no wonder New Zealand does a great line in country pubs. Here’s a thirst-quenching selection of pretty spots to imbibe the amber nectar...
New Zealand’s Middle Earth: behind the scenes of The Hobbit
A land of snow-capped peaks, primeval forests and glacier-carved river valleys, New Zealand seemed destined to play a starring role in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films...
On the craft beer trail in Wellington
It’s one of the coldest days of the year in the New Zealand capital, but I’m in a Wellington brew pub busily zesting a summery selection of plump oranges, knobbly limes and stout grapefruit...
New Zealand in winter
It’s thought New Zealand acquired the Maori name Aotearoa or ‘the land of the long white cloud’ due to the nation’s abiding daylight...