• Donna Thomas CTC, 118 South Bellevue Avenue, Langhorne Borough Pa 19047
  • +1 800-367-5494 | +1 215-741-5155

16 Years as Travel and Leisure Magazine Top Travel Expert for New Zealand and Australia

Travel and Leisure says: "Donna Thomas has explored many corners of North and South Islands in search of hidden gems. She can help birdwatchers see the endangered yellow-eyed penguin or send avid trekkers on guided hikes to secret waterfalls in Paparoa National Park."


The Waikato Region is a local government region on the western side of the North Island. It stretches from Lake Taupo and northern King Country in the south, up to the Coromandel Peninsula and the boundary with the Auckland Region. Waikato also refers to the district administered by the Waikato District Council. This covers the towns of Ngaruawahia, Huntly and Raglan. The Waikato refers too to the long river from which the region gets its name. Waikato is a Maori word meaning flowing water. In the west, the region is bounded by the Tasman Sea. The coastal region is largely rough hill country, known locally as the Hakarimata Range, though it is more gently undulating in the north, closer to the mouth of the Waikato River. The coast is punctured by three large natural harbours: Raglan Harbour, Aotea Harbour, and Kawhia Harbour. The area around Raglan is noted for its volcanic black sand beaches, and also for its fine surfing conditions. To the east of the coastal hills lies the broad flood plain of the Waikato River. The region has a wet temperate climate, and the land is largely rich farmland, although it also contains undrained peat swamp. It is in the broad Waikato Plains that most of the region's population resides, and the land is intensively farmed with both livestock (mainly dairy cattle) and crops (such as maize). The area around Cambridge has many thoroughbred stables. The north of the region around Te Kauwhata produces some of New Zealand's best wines. Several shallow lakes lie in this area, the largest of which is Lake Waikare. To the east, the land rises towards the forested slopes of the Kaimai and Mamaku Ranges. The upper reaches of the Waikato River are used for hydroelectricity, and several large artificial lakes are found in the region's southeast. The city of Hamilton is the major centre with smaller townships at Tokoroa, Te Awamutu, Cambridge, Huntly, Matamata, Morrinsville, Ngaruawahia, Otorohanga, Putaruru, Raglan, Te Kauwhata, Te Kuiti, and Tirau. Other towns within the Waikato government region, but outside the normally accepted Waikato area, include Waiuku, south of Auckland; Paeroa, Te Aroha, Thames, Whangamata, and Whitianga around the Thames Valley and Coromandel Peninsula; and the city of Taupo and town of Turangi in the southeast.


Colville is a small town in the north of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand. It lies 15 kilometres north of Coromandel and is the northernmost town of any note on the peninsula. Beyond it lies 25 kilometres of rough road leading to the small settlement of Port Jackson, close to the peninsula's northernmost point, Cape Colville. The Motukawao Islands lie five kilometres off the coast to the southwest of Colville.



Huka Lodge - Taupo

Huka Lodge is located in Taupo, in the central North Island of New Zealand and is the only "Leading Small Hotels of the World" property in the country. Huka Lodge is surrounded by magnificent natural beauty. The crystal clear waters of Lake Taupo are fed by mountain streams and are home to some of the most sought-after Rainbow trout in the world. The spectacular and mighty cascades of water forming the Huka Falls are a short walk from Huka Lodge, on the banks of the Waikato River.

Scroll to Top