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The Waikato region has two spectacular landscapes - one above ground, the other below. In both cases, nature has been generous.On the lush surface, the scenery is green to the extreme. Fertile soils, reliable rainfall and kind weather have created a pastoral heaven. Below the surface, miracles have been created with water and limestone. Vast cave systems, huge sink holes and underground streams provide huge scope for adventure. Include in your travel plans a visit to the monuments and museums and discover the fierce history of the region.
The mighty Waikato River travels through the region. At 425 kilometres from end to end, it is the country's longest river. As well as providing recreational opportunities, the river drives eight hydro dams.
The Waitomo Caves were formed over 30 million years ago, and drip by drip they're still changing. The natural beauty of stalactites and stalagmites lit by the blue light of glow worms has to be seen to be believed.
On a Matamata sheep farm, you can visit the remnants of Hobbiton, the hobbit village created for the Lord of the Ring's movie trilogy. View the hobbit holes and find out how the set was created on a guided tour.
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