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Facts about Waikato Region with location information
The Waikato region has two spectacular landscapes - one above ground, the other below. In both cases, nature reigns supreme. On the lush surface, the scenery is lush and green, the result of fertile soils, reliable rainfall and kind weather. Below the surface, vast cave systems, huge sink holes and underground streams provide plenty of options 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 they're still evolving. The natural beauty of stalactites and stalagmites lit by the blue light of glow worms is magical!
On a Matamata sheep farm, you can visit Hobbiton, the hobbit village created for the Lord of the Ring's movie trilogy. Take a guided tour and discover how the set was created.