The Waikato is a region of the North Island of New Zealand that lies south of Auckland and is named for the Waikato river, that traverses its length. The Waikato river has several hydroelectric dams and the manmade lakes behind them are used for a range of water sports.

Coromandel Forest Park

Coromandel Forest Park

Coromandel Forest Park

This area is partly agricultural, with dairying being the major agri-industry. There are areas of incredible natural value - such as Coromandel Peninsula, Mt Pirongia and Waitomo.

Tairua Road

Spring of the Northland

Mt Paku

The Coromandel Peninsula is on the north-eastern coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Fabulous golden and white sand beaches with magnificent coastal scenery, a rugged forest cloaked interior waiting to be explored, are just some of the natural attractions that have people returning to The Coromandel time after time. The Peninsula separates the Hauraki Gulf and coasts around Auckland from the Bay of Plenty. It is a popular holiday destination and can get very busy during the summer months.

Cathedral Cove Adventures

Cathedral Cove Adventures

Cathedral Cove Adventures

Cathedral Cove Adventures

Road to Tauranga

Home in Tauranga


Hobbiton Farm

The Hobbiton Movie Set was a significant location used for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit film trilogy. The underlying geology of the area is that of the Hinuera Formation, a group of alluvial silts, sands and gravels laid down in the last glacial period. Originally largely marshland, it was transformed in the 19th century by a large-scale drainage scheme and is now fertile agricultural land that is also a major racehorse breeding area.

Visitor centre

Hobbiton Movie Set

Interior of the Green Dragon inn

Peter Jackson said of the set, "It felt as if you could open the circular green door of Bag End and find Bilbo Baggins inside"

Hobbit holes overlooking the lake on the set

Hobbiton Village

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