Attractions

Top Choice Cave in Waitomo Caves

Glowworm Cave

The guided tour of the Glowworm Cave, which is behind the visitor centre, leads past impressive stalactites and stalagmites into a large cavern known as the Cathedral. The highlight comes at the tour’s end when you …
Top Choice Museum in Hamilton

Waikato Museum

The excellent Waikato Museum has several main areas: an art gallery; interactive science galleries; Tainui galleries housing Māori treasures, including the magnificently carved waka taua (war canoe), Te Winikawaka; …
Top Choice Museum in Waihi & Waihi Beach

Gold Discovery Centre

Waihi’s superb Gold Discovery Centre tells the area’s gold-mining past, present and future through interactive displays, focusing on the personal and poignant to tell interesting stories. Holograms and short movies …
Top Choice Gardens in Hamilton

Hamilton Gardens

Spread over 50 hectares southeast of the city centre, Hamilton Gardens incorporates a large park, cafe, restaurant and extravagant themed enclosed gardens. There are separate Italian Renaissance, Chinese, Japanese, …
Top Choice Museum in Te Awamutu

Te Awamutu Museum

Te Awamutu Museum has a superb collection of Māori taonga (treasures) and an excellent display on the Waikato War. The highlight is the revered Te Uenuku (The Rainbow), an ancient Māori carving estimated to be up to…
Top Choice Mine in Thames

Goldmine Experience

Walk through a mine tunnel, watch a stamper battery crush rock, learn about the history of the Cornish miners and try your hand at panning for gold ($2 extra).
Beach in Hahei

Cathedral Cove

Beautiful Cathedral Cove, with its famous gigantic stone arch and natural waterfall shower, is best enjoyed early or late in the day – avoiding the worst of the hordes. From the Cathedral Cove car park, around 2km n…
Wildlife Reserve in Maungatautari

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

A community trust has erected 47km of pest-proof fencing around the triple peaks of Maungatautari (797m) to create the impressive Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. This atoll of rainforest dominates the skyline betw…
Film Location in Matamata

Hobbiton Movie Set Tours

Due to copyright, all the movie sets around NZ were dismantled after the filming of The Lord of the Rings, but Hobbiton’s owners negotiated to keep their hobbit holes, which were then rebuilt for the filming of The …
Cave in Waitomo Caves

Ruakuri Cave

Ruakuri Cave has an impressive 15m-high spiral staircase, bypassing a Māori burial site at the cave entrance. Tours lead through 1.6km of the 7.5km system, taking in caverns with glowworms, subterranean streams and …