Hamilton Waikato is a fertile region of gentle plains, pastoral scenes and rolling hills that conceal vast underground networks of spectacular limestone caves.

Hamilton - Waikato
Flanking the mighty Waikato River which flows through the heart of the North Island, this prosperous farming region has been a tourism destination with an international reputation for at least 125 years. First it was the underground lights of glowworm caverns in the famed Waitomo Caves, now it’s the home of hobbits as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. 
 
But long before Europeans were on the trail through the Waikato, Māori were the people of this historically and culturally significant land. Many Waikato Māori trace their ancestry back 800 years to the arrival of the Tainui waka (canoe) and pre-Europeans the area was well populated with Māori pa (fortified villages), and an important centre of early Māori commerce.