Visit Waikato Region with Mighway

Hire a campervan in Waikato Region


Visit Waikato, New Zealand, located on the North Island of New Zealand any time of the year for an amazing getaway, where you can experience the great outdoors without being too far from civilisation. Hamilton, Waikato is New Zealand’s fourth largest city, and has a lot of fun and relaxation to offer. There are also plenty of places to snowboard and ski near Waikato, or go underground for an unforgettable sight in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. And if you’re a movie buff, visit Matamata to see the Hobbiton Movie Set! To warm up after, be sure to indulge in one of the areas many hot springs. In nearby Hamilton you can visit the beautiful Hamilton Gardens, or stop in Pokeno for some icecream that's world famous (in New Zealand). For the adrenaline junkies, the glow worm caves also offer the oppurtunity for black water rafting, with multiple options available to suit any level of adventurous spirit. Pop over to Matamata to tour the Hobbiton movie set, and see why New Zealand scenery is such a big hit with international filmmakers. Hire a campervan with Mighway, and let the journey unfold!

Campervan Hire Waikato Region


The Judge
Vehicle Price from
$280 / Day

The Judge

Auckland, Auckland

5

Classy Cosy Camper
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$170 / Day

Classy Cosy Camper

Tikitere, Bay Of Plenty

3 4.8m

Betty
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$229 / Day

Betty

Auckland, Auckland

6

Dreamtime Holiday
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$250 / Day

Dreamtime Holiday

Auckland, Auckland

4 7.5m

Porters Home on Wheels
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$250 / Day

Porters Home on Wheels

Auckland, Auckland

2 7.3m

The Navigator
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$200 / Day

The Navigator

Auckland, Auckland

6

Escape Aid
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$160 / Day

Escape Aid

Mangakino, Waikato

6 11.5m

VW Adventure Craft
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$240 / Day

VW Adventure Craft

Wairoa, Bay Of Plenty

4 7.3m

Places to Visit near Waikato Region


Craters Of The Moon

Only a few minutes north of Taupo and easily accessible off State Highway One, Craters of the Moon ('karapiti') is an active geothermal field and a formidable volcanic example of the inner earth’s fiery inferno bursting forth, not to mention a popular Taupo visitor attraction.

The terrain is filled with exposed steam vents and is constantly shifting, collapsing and reforming, giving Craters of the Moon its iconic uninhabited, otherworldly appearance. This popular Taupo attraction contains bubbling craters, colourful soils and plants that have adapted to and thriving in this hot environment. Boardwalks and pathways lead spectators safely through the area, avoiding the fumes and hot temperatures around the steam vents in this well-visited spot.

Craters of the Moon began to form in 1950 as a result of utilising the underground thermal energy in the Wairakei Valley. This area used to contain light geothermal activity until the construction of Wairakei Geothermal Power Station, approximately 2000 metres north of the field. The power station lowered underground water levels and as a result the fumaroles and mud pools became more active.

There was less water to cool the magma and the ground cavity which was previously full of water is now full of high-pressure sulphurous steam, creating the force responsible for the shifting and changing landscape. Formed over the past sixty years Craters of the Moon is now a must-see Taupo attraction, with its desolate moonscape and clouds of swirling steam.

Open every day except Christmas, the easy stroll is suited to all ages and fitness levels. Allow around 45 minutes to complete the loop and an additional 15 minutes for the upper lookout. This section is steep in places but the view is well worth the effort and highly recommended.

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park

Come and explore a world of gushing geysers, hot springs, bubbling mud pools and some of the largest and most amazing silica terraces in the world.Wander through the Hidden Valley and veiw the thermal Ruatapu Cave which extends more than 36m down to the 'Waiwhakaata' or 'Pool of Mirrors' hot pool at the bottom.

Orakei Korako boasts the most active geysers of any geothermal park in New Zealand. Up to 23 active natural geysers play freely through the area, which is constantly changing. Marvel at the number of boiling hot springs and the vibrant colours all around you. Lonely Planet writes "Arguably the best Thermal area in New Zealand" Trip Advisor Award of Excellence 2011 to 2017.

Waiau Falls and Kauri Grove Lookout Walk

Waiau Falls

Waiau Falls can be viewed from the roadside 7 km along the 309 Road. Beautiful native bush surrounds the falls and its popular swimming hole.

Kauri Grove Lookout Walk

Another 1 km up the road, a walking track takes you to the most accessible and mature kauri stand on the Peninsula. The grove contains a ‘siamese’ kauri which forks just above the ground.

Getting there

Access is via the 309 Road.

The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company

The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company is New Zealand’s first black water cave rafting adventure operator.

With exhilarating caving & rafting tours, namely Black Abyss, Black Labyrinth and the Black Odyssey, to choose from, there is something to suit all adventurous spirits. The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. is New Zealand's first black water rafting adventure operator. And it's also the only tour that takes you through the incomparable Ruakuri Cave.

Each Waitomo Caves Black Water Rafting expedition includes around 6-12 people guided by expert guides who will support and encourage you through the whole breathtaking caving tour.

Our friendly, knowledgeable local guides have helped The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. achieve an excellent safety record over many years. They can help you step outside yourself and leave with a huge sense of accomplishment.​​​​​​​​​​​​

On The Road: Waitomo


Sit back and enjoy this short episode of “On the Road” where Tim and Leo get off the main road and find some caves to explore, making new friends along the way. This is just a small taste of what Waitomo has to offer. We recommend you book a camper with Mighway and see for yourself. In addition to the great spectacular caves, Waitomo has a wide range of adventurous attractions for everyone. Take a hike through the Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk or have a picnic by The Marokopa Falls. There's plenty of great places you can visit to make the most of your time in this region. Don’t forget to follow our series on YouTube, and be inspired for your next adventure in New Zealand.

Campgrounds and Parks near Waikato Region


Waikite Valley Campground

Waikite Valley Thermal Pools is a unique place to come and experience the ‘Living Waters’ of the Te Manaroa Spring - the largest single source of 100% pure geothermal water in New Zealand.

Adjoining our pool complex is a 26-site campground featuring powered and non-powered sites. There are shower, laundry and kitchen facilities plus a thermally-heated drying room available for campers to use during their stay. NO pets.<br><br> Reservations are essential over busy seasonal periods and can be made via email or phone. At the time of reservation please nominate either powered or non-powered site and provide a clear description of your camping mode, i.e Campervan (size), Caravan, tent etc. <br><br> We also offer our campers unlimited free access to the pool complex (excluding our private pools) to enjoy the luxurious ‘Living Waters’ of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools.<br><br> Don’t forget to take advantage of our Pukeko in a Ponga Tree Café and experience some fresh Kiwi cuisine during your stay with us.

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Waitomo TOP 10 Holiday Park

Waitomo Top 10 is an award winning top 10 holiday park near some of New Zealand's most spectacular attractions.

Conveniently located in the heart of Waitomo caves Village only 600 metres from the Waitomo Glowworm Cave. The famous Huhu Cafe is right next door (you can see your unit or site from the balcony). The Waitomo General Store and Cafe is right across the road, and The Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre is just down the road.<br><br> The Waitomo Golf club is a 5 minute drive away and fantastic bush or rural walks are also very close by. The adventure companies are all close by and trips can be arranged by the park staff. You can even be picked up for your activity at the park.<br><br> Waitomo TOP 10 Holiday Park Waitomo accommodation options include motel units, ensuite units, cabins, campsites, powered campervan and caravan sites, family and group facilities. Every budget is catered for at our Waitomo Caves holiday park accommodation. And... our modern Waitomo motel accommodation will certainly not disappoint!

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