Hamilton & Waikato
It’s the ultimate North Island base: Hamilton is less than two hours’ drive from most highlights, from the surf town of Raglan to the Hobbiton movie set. Between the rolling hills and New Zealand’s longest river, the Waikato River, you’ll find authentic Kiwi farm towns and the city of Hamilton. The hub has a few drawcards of its own in the form of gorgeous gardens, museums and delectable dining. Plan your visit to Hamilton and Waikato right here on New Zealand’s largest travel guide.