Waitomo is located in the Central North Island, only a short drive from several other key visitor attractions. The Waitomo Caves are surrounded by many small rural communities, each offering great places to stop and explore a little.
In nearby Matamata you’ll find a piece of movie history – this is home to the famous Hobbiton film set, where movie magic was made for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies.
See Hobbit holes and many other structures from the movie while you learn how farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth for Kiwi director Sir Peter Jackson’s film versions of the famous stories by JRR Tolkien. Don’t miss your chance to be part of movie history – see this famous location for yourself. Find Hobbiton movie set tours at GreatSights.co.nz
The geothermal wonderland of Rotorua is a dream spot for sightseeing and a region steeped in Māori legend, history and culture.
Its lush fields support a thriving agricultural industry and beautiful lakes, while throughout the region steam rises from the ground, hinting at the active world beneath. Visit Te Puia and explore its thermal valley of spectacular geysers, streams of boiling water and hot mud pools, and get an insight into Māori culture through performance and traditional carving, weaving and art all created on site.
The Agrodome is one of New Zealand’s most popular attractions and is a fun window into Kiwi farming culture with a sheep show, shearing and dog trials.
Native flora and fauna is on display at Rainbow Springs nature park, including New Zealand’s national icon, the kiwi, where a special Kiwi Encounter lets visitors see the nursery and hatchery for these endangered flightless birds. Find top Rotorua tours at GreatSights.co.nz