North Waikato

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Tackle the Hakarimata Summit track near Ngaruawahia Over a thousand steps lead you to spectacular panoramic views over the stunning landscape Walk around Lake Hakanoa in Huntly The easy flat 4km walkway is a popular family friendly trail with plenty of picturesque picnic spots

Learn about one of New Zealand's historic land wars: Visit the site of Rangiriri and learn about the cultural significance of the area.
Feed your need for speed: From V8 super cars, drag racing and drifting at Hampton Downs to the local speedway in Huntly

Order an ice cream as big as your face in Pokeno: Well known for its huge ice creams and delicious local bacon, a visit to Pokeno is a must do.

Steeped in cultural history and with stunning natural landscapes, the North Waikato area and town of Ngaruawahia is home to the Maori King and the Kiingitanga movement, with significant historical Waikato Land War sites throughout the area.

The North Waikato's rich mineral deposits also mean it's a significant source of the nation's power

first with coal mining and now thermal power.
You can learn about the area's rich history and visit the sites of the influential land wars by following the Waikato War Driving Tour, exploring the towns of Tuakau and Rangiriri, all with cultural and historical significance.

The roar of engines can be heard for miles, with key motorsport facilities in the North Waikato area regularly hosting events from local speedways and drag racing tracks at Meremere to drifting and V8 supercars at Hampton Downs.

Those seeking a coastal escape can head west to where the mighty Waikato River meets the Tasman Sea at Port Waikato.
This somewhat untouched slice of Kiwi paradise is popular with surfers, keen fishermen and holiday makers alike, offering a secluded escape, fresh seafood and great fishing spots.
Those looking for gourmet delights will not be disappointed, with artisan producers of cheese, bacon and olive oil all calling the North Waikato area home, not to mention the fantastic local markets and huge ice creams found at Pokeno.
The North Waikato area also boasts many popular walking trails, from easy lakeside tracks to challenging full day hikes.
Lake Puketirini, a former opencast mine, is now a popular spot for picnics and leisure activities for the family and the Hakarimata Ranges provide many options such as the Kauri Loop track and the Summit track with its popular stair climb.

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