Stay at idyllic Waikato estates

Get a taste of what it’s like to live in a beautiful Kiwi home on several acres of peaceful land while still being close to what the town offers.

Choose from a number of estates to stay at. All have different character: old, new, grand and imposing, or intimate and cosy. Most have farm animals. Wander the grounds, encounter wildlife, enjoy beautiful gardens, melt in secluded hottubs, unwind in hammocks, refresh in swimming pools, and engage in fun activities such as table tennis, pool and frisbee. It is often surprising how much fun the simple things in life can be.

For some properties, you can rent the whole property without the hosts being there. For other properties, the hosts are there to help, particularly in recommending activities. All hosted properties provide breakfast, some provide dinner too and some allow you to cook for yourself.

Engage with local culture on tours

Discover local culture, acquire new skills or get some light exercise on tours of a few hours up to a couple of days in
length. Tours include:

House & Garden

Waikato Delights

Animal & Nature

Photography Walkshop

Maori Culture


Join a public tour or book a private one

Waikato Artisan Foodie Tour

Animal and nature tour – NZ native,
farm and zoo

House and garden tour

Waikato delights tour

Easy cycle tours with historic stops

Māori culture tour

Walking tours

Photography walk-shop

Visit nearby iconic tourist venues

Hobbiton filmset
40 mins drive

Waitomo glowworm caves
60 mins drive

75 min drive

75 min drive

90 mins from Auckland airport

The Waikato is Middle Earth: a dream place made real. It is gentle, safe and mystical, vibrant but easy-living, rich in
history and culture, compact but diverse, full of serindipitous delights, warm in summer, mild in winter and a gem to explore.

It has the tallest North Island waterfall, the longest river, mountains, sea, caves and the finest local produce.

New Zealand rates top or near top in most surveys of the most desirable place in the world to live.

Base much of your trip here to experience
the best in Kiwi lifestyle.

Visit the South Island too?

With our great South Island experience, let us arrange an itinerary to suit your needs.


Weddings, functions and events

If you are looking for a special place for a wedding, function (private or business) or event, you have a wonderful choice of venues.