Hamilton & Waikato Tourism - Waikato RTO NZHamilton and Waikato Tourism is the regional tourism organisation for Waikato. They cover 7 territorial authority areas, including Waikato district.


Click here to visit the Hamilton & Waikato Tourism website.


China is now New Zealand’s second largest source of international visitors to NZ, with 12.3% growth in the year to June 2018. Australia continues to be NZ's largest source of international visitors.


Visitor expenditure in the Waikato region was $1.524b (5th highest in NZ) in the year to June 2018. This was split between domestic visitors ($1.156b) and international visitors ($369m). 


In the Waikato district, visitor expenditure continues to grow from $86m in 2016 to $130m in 2018. Raglan is the Waikato district's main tourism area with a range of activities and its world-class left hand surf break, bringing visitors from around the globe. 


Airbnb is a growing market in Waikato district, making up the equivalent of 30% of the available commercial accommodation stock. Throughout New Zealand there is a high need for more commercial accommodation such as resorts, hotels and motels. If you are interested in speaking with us about establishing a new commercial accommodation facility, please email info@openwaikato.co.nz


Statistical information on tourism in New Zealand and the Waikato region is available from the Ministry of Innovation, Business & Employment.



Tourism New Zealand Strategy - Tourism 2025 - Growing Value Together


Click here to visit the Tourism2025 > Growing Value Together website


Tourism 2025 Scorecard - New Zealand statistics


Click here to view more tourism statistics from Tourism New Zealand.


Raglan Visitor Infrastructure Study


Click here to download the Raglan Visitor Infrastructure Study.

Guest Nights

The Statistics New Zealand Accommodation Survey records the number of guests staying in hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation, and holiday parks in New Zealand each month. Guest nights in the Waikato region are at a record high.


Visitor Arrivals

The Waikato district has iSite information centres located in Huntly and Raglan. Waikato tourist travel and visitor information includes immigration services, destination information, national parks and general New Zealand travel information.


Visitor Expenditure

The Waikato region has seen steady growth in international visitor expenditure and domestic visitor expenditure in the Waikato is the third highest among the 30 tourism regions in New Zealand.


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