Surfing, Fishing & Water Sports

Surfing, Fishing & Water Sports

Waikato’s west coast beaches and harbours, its range of lakes plus the beautiful Waikato River provide opportunities for water sports and recreation including deep sea fishing,...

Waikato walks

Waikato walks

Welcome to New Zealand’s walking heartland, drawing visitors from around the world keen to soak up the district’s breathtaking scenery, clean air, unique landscapes and clear...

Cycling

Cycling

Waikato is, quite simply, one of the best cycling and mountain biking destinations in the world. It is the ‘go to’ region for visitors seeking to cycle. The area boasts a huge...

Motorsport

Motorsport

Motorsport attracts thousands of people every year to the Waikato district, keen to soak up easily accessed international motorsport in an outstanding atmosphere. Facilities...

Waikato Daytrips

Waikato Daytrips

You may have cycled around Cambridge, experienced Waitomo Caves, perhaps even immersed yourself in Hobbiton, but have you experienced the open Waikato district?

Conferences and Business Events

Conferences and Business Events

The Waikato district has a number of unique locations for your business meeting, conference or event.

Natural Attractions

Natural Attractions

Waikato district is home to stunning natural landscapes, world-renowned wetlands and the largest river in New Zealand, the Waikato River.

Waikato Towns

Waikato Towns

Waikato district offers a welcoming community to suit everyone and every family. Whether it’s a sleepy rural haven, a laid-back beach resort, or towns rich in history and...

Golf Courses

Golf Courses

There are a variety of welcoming, picturesque and challenging golf courses throughout the Waikato district for every skill of golfer.

Horse Riding

Horse Riding

Waikato offers a number of trails and tracks suitable for horse riding. Enjoy a range of experiences and soak up New Zealand’s unique scenery on horseback, ranging from rugged...

Contact Open Waikato

Contact Open Waikato

A world-class surfing and fishing mecca, panoramic scenery, cycling and hiking trails, contact Open Waikato to find out more.

Tourism Sector

New Zealand’s tourism industry is enjoying an upsurge in interest and we are experiencing growth in most international visitor markets. The Waikato district is experiencing its fair share of that growth but recognises that there is much untapped potential in the district. Come and explore it for yourself, we welcome you with open arms.


Culture and Heritage

The Waikato district is steeped in history and continues to be shaped by haunting calls from the past and the jointly-held hopes for our future. Major cultural events continue to be centred in the district as Waikato people commemorate, honour and remember our shared heritage. We have a strong sense of belonging, driven by a turbulent history between Māori and early settlers and the fact that today, Waikato remains the centre of Māoridom and the Kīngitanga movement.


Visitor Information

We love visitors – and we make it easy for you! The Waikato district is within a short drive from Auckland Airport, accessed by the Waikato Expressway, a major four-lane highway. We have welcoming information centres (i-Sites) in two main towns (Huntly and Raglan) and a wide range of tourism and accommodation operators keen to offer a warm Waikato welcome!


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