Waikato is a region on the North Island of New Zealand. It includes the cities of Hamilton, Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Tokoroa, and Taupo. At the south end of the region is Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand by surface area. Huka Falls near Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s most visited scenic reserve. A small piece of Tongariro National Park lies within the Waikato Regions, which is full of other opportunities for outdoor recreation. Popular destinations like the Waitomo Caves and the Coromandel Peninsula are within the Waikato Regions.
Tracks in Waikato
This collection of walking tracks (hiking trails) in the Waikato Region of New Zealand is listed from north to south. Each track links to its own report complete with photos, maps, directions, and all the other information needed to locate and enjoy these hikes. More coming soon!
This 8-kilometer return trek in Kakepuku Mountain Historic Reserve near Te Awamutu ascends to a 449-meter summit with a lookout tower boasting panoramic views.
|Spa Thermal Park – Huka Falls Walkway
This 7.3-mile round trip walk follows the Waikato River from hot springs at Spa Thermal Park to the rapids and waterfall at Huka Falls in New Zealand’s most visited scenic reserve.
This 6.4-kilometer loop around Lake Rotopounamu (a.k.a. Greenstone Lake) visits tranquil beaches on a forest-wrapped lake in Tongariro National Park.
More outdoor fun
|Hobbiton Movie Set Tourist Farm
Fantasy becomes reality when you visit the filming location for Hobbiton from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. See Bag End, get a drink at Green Dragon Inn, and walk past hobbit hole after colorful hobbit hole on a tour through Hobbiton Movie Set.
Lodging in Waikato
There are nice places to stay throughout the Waikato Region.
|Matariki Motor Lodge
This motor lodge in the town of Te Awamutu is halfway between Hobbiton and Waitomo with studio and one-bedroom units with lots of conveniences for travelers.
This lodge near Lake Taupo blends comfort with luxury and has welcoming owners who can help you take advantage of the area’s abundant outdoor opportunities.
Or explore tracks in New Zealand on the Oceania Hike Finder Map