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Our most recommended Waikato Group Activities

Lake Taupo: 1.5-Hour Maori Rock Carvings 5:00 PM Cruise

1. Lake Taupo: 1.5-Hour Maori Rock Carvings 5:00 PM Cruise

Enjoy a summer evening cruising on Lake Taupo. Chris Jolly has been entertaining guests for 40 years, and his tour to the Maori Rock Carvings is known worldwide. Recently restored, these rock carvings were created in the 1980s and still tower above the water, truly a sight to behold.  With family friendly activities on board and split level comfort, this tour is a must for those visiting the region. Enjoy the full bar as you cruise around the Lake Taupo bays, learning onboard from the live commentary. With views of Tongariro National Park and spectacular scenery, this is one evening to be enjoyed by all.

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Lake Karapiro: Evening Kayak Glowworm Tour

2. Lake Karapiro: Evening Kayak Glowworm Tour

Your guided tour commences in the late afternoon or early evening. As you paddle along the southern end of Lake Karapiro, crossing over the old submerged Horahora Village and power station that produced electricity for the early Waihi goldfields. Learn about local Maori and early European history of the area while enjoying the twilight and silence of being on the water as the day draws to an end. The magic begins as you paddle slowly up the Pokaiwhenua stream and through a spectacular canyon carved out by water over many hundreds of years. Native ferns and trees and bird life surround you and you may even hear brown trout breaking the water's surface. When darkness falls you will drift silently back downstream, surrounded by glow worms on either side sparkling like tiny Christmas lights.

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Raglan: Karioi Canyoning

3. Raglan: Karioi Canyoning

Come and experience the adventure everyone is talking about. Canyoning is an adrenaline-pumping journey that happens rain or shine. This is an adventure that can't be missed whilst in the Waikato region, so come and find out what all the fuss is about. As soon as you’re wrapped up in our warm thick wetsuits and jackets you will be driven through the picturesque town of Raglan and up to the edge of Mt Karioi to begin your descent down the Karioi canyon. Challenge yourself to jump into the pools, rock climb and abseil the cascading waterfalls and experience the magic the canyon has to offer. The ancient lava flow is surrounded by native bush and natural beauty. Experience this whilst you’re being immersed in flowing fresh water. Following your experienced and passionate guide, you will navigate your way though many obstacles, including waterfalls, pools and boulders, ensuring that your adrenaline levels are high. All of the guides are friendly, professional and highly experienced, guaranteeing you will always feel safe and comfortable. Throughout the trip, the guide will explain to you facts about the flora, fauna and history of the area, also finding some hidden native plants to eat or drink.

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From Tauranga Port: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Shore Excursion

4. From Tauranga Port: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Shore Excursion

Take a trip through Middle Earth on a small-group shore excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set from Tauranga. Located in the heart of the Waikato region, you can step into the world of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. See the original location which was rebuilt for the latest Hobbit films. This was the original setting for Peter Jackson’s famous trilogy "The Lord of the Rings". Learn about how this location was chosen and how it was constructed, plus which scenes were filmed here. Wander around the vegetable patches were Hobbits grow their food, with giant pumpkins lying around! Walk by the Mill and the famous Party Tree. Indulge in a complimentary beverage from the Hobbit Southfarthing range, which encompasses two traditional ales, an apple cider or non-alcoholic ginger beer, all handcrafted and exclusive to the Hobbiton Movie Set. You also have a delicious range of traditional fayre available for purchase for lunch. Enjoy your food and drink in a comfortable armchair by the roaring fire or in the beer garden, overlooking the enchanting village.

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Raglan: Sunset Canyoning Tour and Glowworm Experience

5. Raglan: Sunset Canyoning Tour and Glowworm Experience

As the sun goes down, begin your journey into the ancient stream flowing off Mount Karioi. Wrapped up in the latest canyoning suits, jump into the freshwater pools. Climb and abseil cascading waterfalls all whilst under the light of your head torch. Feel safe in the company of an experienced guide, as they lead you on a great adventure. Throughout the trip hear the stories, history, and knowledge of the landscape and local area from your passionate guide. Following the stream find yourself in awe of the native flora and fauna surrounding you. As darkness falls, you'll begin to see the luminescent transformation take place. Witness new worlds of light being created by the native New Zealand glowworms who call this place home. Take a minute to stop for a moment of peace and tranquillity, with a hot cup of freshly made Kawakawa tea.

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Turangi: Family Rafting Adventure on Tongariro River

6. Turangi: Family Rafting Adventure on Tongariro River

Drive only a few minutes out of Turangi and start your rafting adventure on the lower reaches of the Tongariro River. The river is located in Tongariro National Park, famous for its awe-inspiring landscapes and fascinating wildlife.  The whole family will ride a series of 20+ rapids on this 8km journey, with professional raft guides that will ensure everyone is comfortable and enjoying themselves. You will learn about traditional Maori myths and legends unique to the area and your guides will keep you entertained with water education, safety tips and trivia about the Tongariro environment.  You will also enjoy a visit to the National Trout Centre, where you can feed the trout and enjoy some snacks. For those of you feeling game enough, you can also do some cliff-jumping and swim in the river, all within a safe and monitored environment.

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Auckland: Scenic Flight to Raglan with 2-Course Lunch

7. Auckland: Scenic Flight to Raglan with 2-Course Lunch

Embark on a short roundtrip flight from Auckland over to the picturesque west coast township of Raglan. Toast with a festive drink and feast on a delicious 2-course lunch as you admire the views of Raglan’s Harbor.  Discover the town of Raglan, a charming lunch destination with unique geography located under Mt. Karioi and the Tasman Sea. Fly from Ardmore Airport over rolling hills and green pastures with views of New Zealand’s longest river, the Waikato River, as well views of the west coast’s black sand beaches. After arriving, take a short walk to the Orca Bar and Restaurant for a 2-course lunch and a drink with a splendid view of the Raglan Harbor. After your tasty meal, enjoy a scenic return trip back to the Ardmore Aiport, flying up over the coast for more incredible views.

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Waikato: Half-Day Karāpiro River Trail Bike Tour

8. Waikato: Half-Day Karāpiro River Trail Bike Tour

Start your day by arriving at the headquarters of the local partner where you will meet your friendly guide. From here, you will travel to the start of the ride in a shuttle van. Once you have arrived you will receive a quick instruction on what you will need to know along the way. You can relax in the hands of professional guides who have plenty of experience and know the trails well.  You will bike between 12-14km along a beautiful gravel trail, that passes through native bush and spectacular farmland. All the while travelling along New Zealand's longest River - The Waikato River. Get to discover flora and fauna only seen in New Zealand and the native birdlife that is all around you. Approximately half way through this extremely popular section of trail, you will take a route through a unique wetland over a 500-meter long continuous boardwalk. You will also travel over an awe inspiring swingbridge built in the 1920's.

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What people are saying about Waikato

Had a really great trip out to see the Maori carvings. Beautifully smooth cruise on a sunny late afternoon. There was a choice of lower and upper decks with us preferring the lower deck, sitting inside but able to venture outside to take photos. We used this fully to take photos of the beautiful surroundings and the carvings. Drinks were available making for a pleasant trip. Wonderful value.

Great experience. The boat driver hung around the carving for a while and there were beverages for purchase on board the boat (alcoholic and non alcoholic). Was a beautiful day. So glad we done it.

Great views of these tremendous works of art. Super commentary and helpful staff. Well worth the price.

Wonderful - Amazing- Highly recommended. Caleb, our guide, was very good. I'd do this trip again.

Everything was great; The scenery, the water, and the excitement!