Exploring the Waikato region of New Zealand’s North Island and looking for ideas for your own outdoor adventures or travel itinerary? Find some inspiration as you read about the places we’ve explored and activities we’ve experienced in our travels around New Zealand.

Waikato region map

Our Waikato Outdoor Adventures

Raglan Pancake Rocks

Raglan Pancake Rocks

If you enjoy paddling, either kayak or standup paddleboard, the pancake rock formations in Raglan Harbour offer a rather interesting and unique experience.

Wairere Falls

Wairere Falls

If you’re driving along Highway 27 just north of Matamata, a detour to see the North Island’s highest waterfall is well worth it but you better like stairs, and lots of them.

Waikato Outdoor Adventure Map

Here’s our pick of top outdoor and adventure activities in the Waikato region. The orange map markers below are places we’ve visited and you can click on a marker to see photos and read about our experience there. The blue markers are places we still need to explore – lucky us.

This is a living map, and we’ll update it regularly as we explore and discover new places and more exciting outdoor activities. Have some suggestions of places we should visit? Use the contact form over here and share the adventure.

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Wairere Falls: -37.737180, 175.862570
Bridal Veil Falls: -37.908510, 174.896240
Mount Karioi: -37.865000, 174.802500
Kawhia Hot Water Beach: -38.065670, 174.782020
Taharoa Beach: -38.158680, 174.699960
Ruakuri Tunnels: -38.265220, 175.079400
Mangapohue Natural Bridge: -38.261500, 174.899360
Waikawau Tunnel Beach: -38.476670, 174.639980
Omaru Falls: -38.522380, 175.169710
Awakino Heads: -38.665740, 174.619790
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari: -38.032850, 175.571500
Putaruru Blue Springs: -38.035560, 175.842120
Lake Karapiro: -37.946320, 175.585700
Raglan Pancake Rocks: -37.788960, 174.870920
Waitomo Glowworm Caves: -38.260740, 175.103980