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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

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

Firth Street Mews BnB - Boutique Accommodation


Prices from $190 per couple

163 Firth Street (SH 27) aka 'Hobbit Highway' Matamata

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Firth Street Mews is a spacious and elegant boutique styled bed and breakfast facility situated at 163 Firth Street (SH 27), Matamata.
Whether you are looking for a special weekend getaway - to visit Hobbiton perhaps? - or want to enjoy the thrill of the races, then Firth Street Mews offers spacious and elegant accommodation, separate from the main house. We also offer free Wifi, a sumptuous Continental Breakfast, a luxury Kingsize bed with top quality bedlinen, feather & down pillows, a spacious and tiled ensuite with a fully tiled walk-in shower, flat screen TV, DVD player, iPod docking station and much more. We have air-conditioning to keep you warm and cozy in the winter and cool and refreshed in the summer.
We can add a Rollaway bed for 1 extra guest @ $60.00/adult or $40/child under 12.
The red door signifies 'Welcome' in the nicest possible way.
We are situated 1.5km from the town centre - a 20 minute stroll.
The world famous Hobbiton Movie Set is 16kms from our place or a 15 minute drive.
Matamata is famous for its racing industry and dairy farming operation and, also, Hobbiton.
There are 3 golf courses within a 19km radius.
Wairere Falls in the Kaimai Ranges offers a great walk for the keen trampers.
There are a variety of Cafés and Restaurants in Matamata.
The town has an excellent swimming pool complex.
There are also hot pools to visit.
There is plenty to do and see in Matamata.
We offer gluten free options for breakfast.

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.

Alpha Homestead Bed & Breakfast


Prices from $120 to $125 per couple

We are in Tokoroa approximately 45 minutes from Rotorua.

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Situated in the Central North island, Tokoroa is a small thriving community where the people are amazingly friendly.
We are close to all the major tourism attraction including Rotorua Thermal district, Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park and the famed Waitomo Caves.
Tokoroa is an ideal place to stay close and central to all these activities and yet far enough away to enjoy the peace and tranquility of a quiet rural town.

The rooms are extremely comfortable with free view TV in each room.
Each guest room has a private courtyard as well as use of the main rooms courtyard and BBQ.
Breakfast is supplied with your booking and dinner can be made available upon ordering in advance.
A pick up service is available from the major airports including Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua and Taupo.
All facilities in the Alpha Homestead are yours at any time including kitchen appliances for cooking the late night cuppa.
Internet is available with broadband and wi-fi.
As experienced accommodation , with 16 years experience you can be assured of a friendly, comfortable and we hope a memorable stay here .

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

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.

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.

ArtHouse Bed & Breakfast


Prices from $160 to $190 per couple

2 hrs from Auckland, 1 hr to Rotorua/Tauranga, 1.5 hrs to Taupo & Waitomo Caves

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ArtHouse Bed & Breakfast is situated in the Waikato, on the outskirts of Matamata where you can enjoy wonderful views of the Kaimai Ranges, Mt Te Aroha and the nearby Wairere Falls. Your stay here will allow you to relax in quiet, calm surroundings with Te Aroha Hot Pools, McLaren Falls Park, the Blue Springs Walkway & Hobbiton are just a short drive away.

Full of art treasures, ArtHouse B&B is owned & operated by Denise & Bruce who established and operated Bryce Gallery, Christchurch in 2005 before opening ArtHouse B&B in 2015. Venture outside to meet our lovely alpaca girls – Madonna, Frida and Cleo who frequently provide wonderful entertainment! Roxy, our black cat also lives here.

We offer 3 guest rooms each offering refrigerators and tea & coffee making facilities – 2 king bedded rooms with attached en-suites plus a twin room with a private bathroom across the hall. Our rate includes a sit down country style breakfast (or a breakfast box-to-go if you need an early departure) and daily cleaning. You’ll also find a guest lounge with comfortable seating with board games, cards & reading material. In summer we also offer an outdoor lounge in our sheltered courtyard & you’ll find a hammock in the Cherry Grove & a daybed in the garden.

Matamata township is less than 10 minutes drive and we’re proud of the excellent cafes & restaurants there plus a number of fast-food options. After dinner there’s time to stargaze before enjoying a complimentary port before re

wildcoast cabins and horse adventures


!5 kms from Whale Bay Raglan 50 mins from hamilton. 2 1/2 hrs AKL Airport.

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Wildcoast is situated at Ruapuke beach ( a wild west coast beach) , a beautiful and dramatic landscape with native trees, valleys, farmland, rushing streams.
Our cabins are simple and stylish, with beautiful views over the ocean and down the valleys and up to Mt. Karioi ( an extinct volcano, with great trekking ) with privacy and seclusion you are really unplugging. The sunsets are beautiful, BBQ on the deck, drink fresh mountain water soak in a hot bath with a view. Watch the stars at night and wake in the morning with the birds. the cabins are run on alternative power. There is no cell phone reception or wifi. You are welcome to charge laptops and phones at main house.
We have a horse trekking business on our farm. The treks run daily and can be booked at time of booking a cabin or on arrival. We have beautiful horses and offer a fun and exciting ride a 2 hr or 3 hr, we take beginners as well as advanced riders.
Ruapuke Beach is a 15 min walk or a 3 min car ride and is good for surfing. Raglan is a 25 min drive away which is a great little town which is famous for its surf, it has a great coffee culture and shops and local artists. This is our local town. There are no shops at Ruapuke. Bridal veil falls is a 20 min drive away, on the way to Kawhia a 50 min drive with hot water at the beach at the right tide, and great fish and chips!. Waitomo caves are 1hr and 40min drive.
Its a great place to do day trips from and come back to the bliss of your cabin. Or just stay put


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