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About Waikato, New Zealand

Don’t be misled by the symbolic cowbells – there is more to the Waikato than dairy farming. Even tea grows here!

From the superb public gardens of Hamilton to the spellbinding magic of the caves of Waitomo, be prepared to be entranced by this lovely region.

For fans of the Tolkein stories and the movies based on them - Lord of The Rings and the Hobbit – be sure to take in the town of Matamata and visit the Hobbiton movie set.

To the west, take in the surf beaches and sunsets of Raglan and the history of Kawhia if you can.

A visit to the caves at Waitomo should feature on your itinerary too. The magnificent stalactites and stalagmites will amaze you. The crowning glory is the spectacular glow worm cave!

The Waikato has many sporting attractions too, with New Zealand rowing being centred on Lake Karapiro and cycling at Cambridge. Mountain biking opportunities abound too.

Here is our selection of Waikato B&B's

Waitomo Orchard B&B

Waitomo Caves area

Prices from $200 to $260 per couple

38 Whitbourne Road, Waitomo Caves

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Our B&B is situated on 2 acres of gardens including plum trees, feijoa trees and a spa pool overlooking it all. Guests enjoy a premium continental breakfast consisting of an array of cereals and muesli, Toast, Fruit Toast, Croissants, Organic Juice and seasonal fruits fresh from our orchard shop. Each room has its own TV along with a 42 inch in the guest lounge with Sky TV. Our orchard shop is located 1 minute down the road from our B&B and guests are encouraged to call in for a visit, enjoy our produce and visit the Homestead Cafe next door. The Homestead Cafe is the hub for all tourists wishing to book tickets and offers a 10% discount. Our property is surrounded in substantial gardens and landscaping allowing our guests to wonder and enjoy during their stay. Our guests compliment the atmosphere and stunning views our property offers. Guests share a modern bathroom including a shower and a bathtub.

We are a young family who enjoy welcoming guests from all over the world into our B&B. We friendly and welcoming and do our best to ensure our guests enjoy their stay with us.

We are located 8 minutes from Waitomo Caves village, 6 Minutes from Black Water Rafting and 6 Minutes from Otorohanga Kiwi House. We are also only a short walk away from the Waitomo 18 hole Golf Course.

Villa Shakespeare


Prices from $160 to $200 per couple

10 minute walk to town centre

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We are a small and friendly B and B hosted by an English born, but 20 year Kiwi resident family located right at the heart of the North Island. Cambridge with its population approaching 20.000 has a wide choice of boutique shopping, cafes, restaurants and a cinema. Ideal base for Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton, Rotorua, Taupo, Hamilton, and Mount Manganui/Tauranga. Close to Hamilton airport and Mystery Creek events centre.
1 hour 45 mins South from Auckland airport. Check our website for more ideas on how to spend time in this beautiful region.

Gully Retreat Karapiro


Prices from $120 to $150 per couple

10 minutes south of Cambridge, in the heart of the Waikato

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John and Kay welcome you to share their beautiful home filled with antiques and original artworks. Their Cavalier King Charles spaniels invite all guests to Gully Retreat Karapiro & make them feel at home. Enjoy a stroll through their native bush, which is home to many native birds; fantails, tuis, moreporks, kingfishers & amazingly even kiwis. Guest accommodation is spacious and includes a queen room with ensuite, and 2 double rooms with amazing guest share bathroom. Breakfast is homemade museli & other cereals with fresh seasonal fruit. Toppings for your toast are homemade or sourced from the local farmers market. Dinner is available by arrangment @ $30.00 per person. There are many excellent restaurants & cafes in Cambridge. Just ten minutes south of Cambridge, Gully Retreat is situated close to many local destinations. Boatshed Kayaks Glow Worm tours is just down the road. The Karapiro Domain ((NZs renown rowing, kayaking & Boating venue) is only 5 minutes away. The Red Barn wedding venue is just around the corner & Hobbiton Movie Set is also not far.

Kamahi Cottage

Waitomo Caves area

Prices from $375 per couple

14 kms from Otorohanga; 30 kms from Waitomo Caves.

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Kamahi Cottage is light, airy and warm with polished wooden floors downstairs, high beamed ceilings and stylish décor. There’s a comfortable downstairs lounge with TV/DVD, sound system, CD collection and plentiful reading material, a fully equipped kitchenette concealed in a large hand-crafted cabinet, charming dining area and a spacious, modern bathroom with robes, slippers, bed socks, hair driers, exclusive complimentary toiletries and heated towel rail. Hammock chairs on the veranda are ideal for relaxing and enjoying the uninterrupted views. The upstairs mezzanine bedroom has a queen-size bed and panoramic views over Mounts Pirongia and Kakepuku. Fresh flowers, freshly ground coffee & tea assortments, home baking and port are always provided. Downstairs a sofa-sleeper converts to a comfortable double bed for 2 extra guests and children are very welcome.
Full gourmet breakfasts (continental + cooked options) are delivered to the cottage or served in the nearby homestead at any time to suit guests. Private dinners (2 or 3 courses) are also offered by prior arrangement and feature a wide range of creative options.
Kamahi Cottage is 15 minutes from Otorohanga, a charming rural town with a full range of amenities, 30 minutes from Waitomo, 3 hours from Auckland and 2 hours from the Rotorua & Lake Taupo.
Kamahi Cottage is rated 5 Stars (“Exceptional. Among the best available in New Zealand”) by Qualmark, New Zealand Tourism’s Official Quality Mark.

Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge

Waitomo Caves area

Prices from $140 to $160 per couple

70 km South of Hamilton in the heart of King Country

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Lynette and Richard Garthwaite welcome you to Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge.
Consisting of 8 comfortable rooms, each with ensuite, a/c (for year round comfort) , tea and coffeemaking facilities and views of the cottage garden. Free offstreet parking is available. A large buffet continental-style breakfast including cereals, homemade yoghurt, tinned and fresh fruit, croissant, toast, spreads, jams, local honey and peanut butter, juice, tea and coffee is provided. We have bbq facilities available and a lovely balcony or grape arbour to sit and enjoy. As we are situated on a hillside, disabled person access may be difficult. We have guest laundry, communal microwave oven and fridge freezer. There are no other cooking facilities available to guests. Free WIFI is available in every room.
Located opposite the award-winning Huhu restaurant. Next to Twelve Tables Cafe and 3 minute walk to The 'Tomo' bar and eatery.
Close proximity to all cave activities in the area, for which we can provide advice on booking or book on your behalf service. 26km to the Mangapohue Natural Bridge and 31km to Marokopa Falls. 50km to Marokopa Beach. An ideal location from which to view the greater Waitomo area.
A highlight is the Ruakuri Reserve bushwalk, where glowworms can be seen after dark. One of the top 10 short walks in New Zealand.
Maps and torches can be provided.
Short drive to the Otorohanga Kiwi House and Te Kuiti township.
Good location as base for further travel in Waikato district

Fencourt Barnstay


Prices from $180 to $240 per couple

118 Fencourt Road Cambridge

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Award winning accommodation. Guests love the colourful decor and consistently describe the interior as homely! Children are welcome and there is plenty to keep them occupied.
We are situated on the rural fringe of the beautiful town of Cambridge. About 4km to the town centre or a 5 minute drive. The town is bustling with a good selection of supermarkets, cafes, resteurants, shops and banks. The population of Cambridge is approx 17000. Hamilton a major city is only 15/20 minutes away connected by a four lane newly completed expressway.
There is a good range of activities for kids both onsite and in nearby Cambridge. Including off the main road safe cycling. Our property is bordered by mixed farmland with a number of horse studs also nearby.
The self contained barn has a single bathroom. There are three bedrooms. One is a seperate bedroom with a queen sized bed and anothe bedroom with a queen sized bed with a room attched containing two single beds. It can accommodate up to 6 guests. The base rate applies to a couple with $30 per additional guest. The barn has Wifi and Sky tv.

Koromatua Homestead

Hamilton rural

14 km South west of Hamilton City Centre

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Welcome to Koromatua Homestead which was relocated from Takapuna, Auckland in 2009 and been extensively remodeled to cater as accommodation and family home.
There is 4 large bedrooms for guest, each named after 1 of the 4 element of nature. Fire, water, air and earth each room has own private onsuite bathroom . A commerical kitchen, dinning and lounge area, extra bathrooms for guests all on lower floor with easy access and plenty of parking.
Gardens to enjoy and play ground for the kids
Combining barn house which is a modern 3 bedroom self contained family accommodation and main house you can sleep 18 plus people. Ideal for small weddings, groups, family gatherings or private functions and small conferences.
We located 15 mins (13 km) to Hamilton city, mystery creek and Hamilton airport Curiosity van to take to city and home if required or book our limo (cost additional) for a extra special night on the town see you soon
We offer a yummy breakfast or dinner at additional cost, menu available on arrivial
Full catering available with prior arrangement.

Nearest shops are only 10 mins away (9 km) Dinsdale shopping center, supermarket and many other shops
Moron Temple 3 mins away
Hamilton gardens 10 mins
Raglan 40 mins
Waitomo caves 40 mins
Hobbits 60 mins
Coromandel and Tauranga 90 mins
Auckland 90 mins

Kauri Lodge


We are 13kms from Cambridge. Close to other towns & cities.

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We are close to Lake Karapiro, home of our Olympic Rowers, and also popular for water skiing, swimming, kayaking, jet-boating, river cruises and fishing. It is a short drive from Kauri Lodge to Hobbiton of the "Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
An approximate one hour drive takes you to the famous Waitomo Caves, Raglan beach on the west coast, Mt Maunganui on the east coast, or to Rotorua with it's abundance of attractions & Maori culture.
The Kauri Lodge Apartment has two bedrooms, one furnished with a queen and a single bed and the other with a king and a single, plus there is a single bed in the lounge. It includes your own private guest lounge and dining area, plus kitchen facilities. While enjoying the view and relaxing, you can have a private BBQ, quiet conversation and drinks on the deck. A short walk can take you to our plantation of native Kauri trees or around the farm if organised with the owners.
The Studio Unit has a queen and a single bed, with plenty of room for another bed, plus a kitchen. This unit is about 100 metres from the main house but it also has amazing views from all the windows and deck.
Nearby, our beautiful “town of trees” Cambridge, has many attractions including cafes and restaurants. It is now the home of cycling in New Zealand, after the completion of our new Avanti Velodrome. Cambridge is also the equine capital of New Zealand, where many famous horses have been bred and trained.

Hunts Farm Accommodation

Te Kuiti

Prices from $200 to $400 per couple

Located in Te Kūiti. We are close to Waitomo Caves, Piopio and Ōtorohanga.

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We welcome you to our relaxed and peaceful accommodation, 2km from the main street in Te Kūiti. We are a working farm, where we live onsite with our family.

Stay here to experience the beauty of rural New Zealand living, yet being located close to town. The spacious deck and outdoor lounge allow you to spread out and make yourself at home.

Whether you are travelling for work, family, trail hiking, trail riding or simply passing through, we are able to accommodate you. 


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