A world-class surfing and fishing mecca, panoramic scenery, cycling and hiking trails, outstanding natural attractions and events ranging from motor-sport to cultural festivals attract a growing number of tourists from around the world to visit and stay in the Waikato district, the very heart of New Zealand.
The Waikato district is steeped in history and continues to be shaped by haunting calls from the past and the jointly-held hopes for our future. Major cultural events continue to be centred in the district as Waikato people commemorate, honour and remember our shared heritage. We have a strong sense of belonging, driven by a turbulent history between Māori and early settlers and the fact that today, Waikato remains the centre of Māoridom and the Kīngitanga movement.
The Waikato district is within a short drive from Auckland Airport, accessed by the Waikato Expressway, a major four-lane highway. We have welcoming information centres (i-Sites) in two main towns (Huntly and Raglan) and a wide range of tourism and accommodation operators keen to offer a warm Waikato welcome.