Visit Ngaruawahia, Waikato, NZ

Ngaruawahia, 20 minutes’ drive north west of Hamilton, sits at the confluence of the Waikato and Waipa Rivers. It is the oldest town in the Waikato, and the home of Maori King movement.

Waingaro Springs, a thermally-heated pool resort 20 minutes west of Ngaruawahia, is a popular holiday destination and venue.


Accommodation in Ngaruawahia (NZ)

Ngaruawahia has hotel, motel and bed & breakfast accommodation. There are also holiday homes to rent. The nearest holiday park-style accommodation for campers andmotor home travellers is at Waingaro Springs.


Transport around Ngaruawahia

National coach and rail services connect with all main centres. Local bus and taxi can be relied upon for short journeys.


Tourist Activities around Ngaruawahia

Ngaruawahia is the home of the famous marae Turangawaewae, where important Maori events are held, including coronations and state funerals. Every year, a regatta is held on the Waikato River next to the marae, featuring Maori waka (canoes).

The Hakataramea walkway near the town is part of an extensive network of walking and mountain biking tracks.

An adventure centre near Ngaruawahia offers an exciting mix of adventure activities including abseiling, climbing and shooting.

The town has many gift shops featuring natural products such as sheep skin, honey, and health & beauty products. There is also a good selection of cafes and restaurants.

Ngaruawahia has public sports grounds and a golf course.

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