Waikato – where the water flows

raglansurf The mighty Waikato river courses it’s way through much of the Waikato region, beginning its journey at Lake Taupo and ending as it flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Port Waikato.

With Hamilton at its heart, the Waikato region is lush green hills, bush and farmland, with exceptional surf on the West coast. The beautiful Waikato River carves its journey through the landscapes, intersecting Hamilton.

Discover bush-clad mountains, stunning waterfalls, hot mineral pools, beaches and, of course, the magical limestone glowworm caves in Waitomo. Travel off the beaten track for more memorable views and experiences. Charming small towns are dotted throughout the region, each one with its own speciality.

waitomocaving Centrally located approximately 90 minutes from Auckland, Tauranga and Rotorua, Hamilton and the Waikato region are a great base for any holiday in the Central North Island.

The earliest recorded settlers in the Hamilton area were Maori from the Tainui waka. The Tainui people called an area on the west bank of the Waikato River Kirikiriroa (long stretch of gravel), which is the Maori name for Hamilton today. The area was later renamed Hamilton after Captain John Charles Fane Hamilton, who was killed at the battle of Gate Pa in Tauranga in 1864.

The Hamilton area has a history of 700-800 years of Maori occupation and settlement, highlighted by pa sites, traditional gardens and agricultural features along the Waikato River. The main hapu of Hamilton/Kirikiriroa and the surrounding area are Ngati Wairere, Ngati Haua and Ngati Mahanga.

italiangardenWant to know more about the Hamilton & Waikato region?  Visit www.hamiltonwaikato.com

Images provided by Hamilton & Waikato Tourism