Get outdoors and amongst some of New Zealand's most iconic scenery. Our region boasts a wide variety of experiences for nature lovers to enjoy, both on and off the water. The country's longest river, the Waikato River, winds its way through the region, providing excellent kayaking, boating, and water-skiing opportunities.
Lake Karapiro - one of the river's hydro lakes - is home to Rowing New Zealand and is a training ground for many of New Zealand's elite athletes. The seaside township of Raglan is a mecca for surfers and those wanting to get out on the water. The black-sand beaches are revered by sun seekers and the harbour is loved by those keen to cruise, kayak, kite-surf or stand-up-paddle board.
The Waikato is home to a range of top cycle trails including three of the nation's Great Rides, each offering an exciting and unique journey. Tramping opportunities are also abundant - from casual strolls along the river to overnight bush excursions and winding mountain tracks. Hike up to the top of a waterfall, tackle the countless steps to enjoy a stunning vista or visit Sanctuary Moontain Maungatautari to see ancient forests and native wildlife. After an adrenalin rush.
Black water rafting and caving at Waitomo has plenty to offer while heated pools and relaxing mineral spas offer sweet relief for tired muscles. For something a little different, discover one of the region's hidden gems and dig your own natural hot pool at low tide at Kawhia's Ocean Beach, south of Raglan.