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Rob and Sue's guidebook

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Rob and Sue's guidebook

Sightseeing
We advise all our guests to visit these International Award winning gardens. A visit to the themed gardens is a must and include Maori, Tudor, Italian, Japanese, and Indian gardens and many more. The Mansfield Garden is a delight and has been recreated according to the description in Katherine Mansfield’s short story ‘The Garden Party’.
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Hamilton Gardens
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We advise all our guests to visit these International Award winning gardens. A visit to the themed gardens is a must and include Maori, Tudor, Italian, Japanese, and Indian gardens and many more. The Mansfield Garden is a delight and has been recreated according to the description in Katherine Mansfield’s short story ‘The Garden Party’.
The Zoo is home to over 600 native and exotic animals and covers 25ha of parkland. Its an ideal destination for visitors to see native bird-life in the largest walk-through aviary in New Zealand.
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Hamilton Zoo
183 Brymer Rd
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The Zoo is home to over 600 native and exotic animals and covers 25ha of parkland. Its an ideal destination for visitors to see native bird-life in the largest walk-through aviary in New Zealand.
A relatively short drive from our home, Te Aroha provides a number of activities from a walk up the mountain to a soak in the Mineral Spa. There is also a hot water geyser in the Te Aroha Domain, and it is the perfect place to start your cycle expedition on the Hauraki Rail Trail.
Te Aroha
A relatively short drive from our home, Te Aroha provides a number of activities from a walk up the mountain to a soak in the Mineral Spa. There is also a hot water geyser in the Te Aroha Domain, and it is the perfect place to start your cycle expedition on the Hauraki Rail Trail.
The Wairere Falls are the highest in the North Island. They are located 25km south of Te Aroha and can be combined with a visit to the town. A walk to the top of the falls from where the photo was taken will take about 3-4 hours return depending on your level of fitness. Part of the trail to the base of the waterfall includes an impressive wooden staircase.
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Wairere Falls
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The Wairere Falls are the highest in the North Island. They are located 25km south of Te Aroha and can be combined with a visit to the town. A walk to the top of the falls from where the photo was taken will take about 3-4 hours return depending on your level of fitness. Part of the trail to the base of the waterfall includes an impressive wooden staircase.
Cycling and walking
This MTB track is close to our home and popular with local riders. Track lengths vary from 500m to 3km covering a total network of 20km. A must for keen mountain-bikers. Visitors will need to bring their own bicycles.
Te Miro Mountain Bike Park
This MTB track is close to our home and popular with local riders. Track lengths vary from 500m to 3km covering a total network of 20km. A must for keen mountain-bikers. Visitors will need to bring their own bicycles.
Mount Pirongia is an ideal spot for a bush walk. It takes 2-3 hours to walk to the Maukura Lookout. As a family we have spent many hours walking these tracks. While in the area visit the Pirongia village for lunch or afternoon tea.
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Pirongia Mountain
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Mount Pirongia is an ideal spot for a bush walk. It takes 2-3 hours to walk to the Maukura Lookout. As a family we have spent many hours walking these tracks. While in the area visit the Pirongia village for lunch or afternoon tea.
This beautiful walking track which is near Putaruru is one of our favourites. The trail follows the Waihou river for about 5km. The Blue Spring boasts crystal clear water and a significant amount of New Zealand's bottled water is sourced from the spring.
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Blue Spring
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This beautiful walking track which is near Putaruru is one of our favourites. The trail follows the Waihou river for about 5km. The Blue Spring boasts crystal clear water and a significant amount of New Zealand's bottled water is sourced from the spring.
The Waikato River Trails follows New Zealand’s longest river, the mighty Waikato , taking in native forest, wetlands , and other historic landmarks. The trails of approximately 100km are ideal for tramping or cycling. There are suspension bridges and exhilarating downhills for those cycling, while walkers will enjoy the native forests and wildlife. The closest section of the trail to our B&B is located on Horahora Road 29km south of Cambridge.
Waikato River Trail start
404 Horahora Rd
The Waikato River Trails follows New Zealand’s longest river, the mighty Waikato , taking in native forest, wetlands , and other historic landmarks. The trails of approximately 100km are ideal for tramping or cycling. There are suspension bridges and exhilarating downhills for those cycling, while walkers will enjoy the native forests and wildlife. The closest section of the trail to our B&B is located on Horahora Road 29km south of Cambridge.
Neighbourhoods
Raglan is about a 50 minute drive from our home in Scotsman Valley and is our closest beach. It is a coastal town renowned for its black sand beaches, lush vegetation and stunning waterfalls. Visitors are advised to always have footwear available in the summer months as the sand can be very hot. There are many quaint shops and galleries as well as great coffee shops in town. For those visitors who want to try their hand at surfing Raglan is the place to go .
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Raglan
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Raglan is about a 50 minute drive from our home in Scotsman Valley and is our closest beach. It is a coastal town renowned for its black sand beaches, lush vegetation and stunning waterfalls. Visitors are advised to always have footwear available in the summer months as the sand can be very hot. There are many quaint shops and galleries as well as great coffee shops in town. For those visitors who want to try their hand at surfing Raglan is the place to go .
Cambridge is the closest town to our home - a 15 minute drive. The streets are lined with oak trees, reminding one of "Olde England". The town is known for horse breeding, track cycling at the Avantidrome, and as the home of rowing in New Zealand. A wander down the main street is well worthwhile for its great offering of shops and cafes. There are two supermarkets for those guests looking to stock up on supplies.
Cambridge
Cambridge is the closest town to our home - a 15 minute drive. The streets are lined with oak trees, reminding one of "Olde England". The town is known for horse breeding, track cycling at the Avantidrome, and as the home of rowing in New Zealand. A wander down the main street is well worthwhile for its great offering of shops and cafes. There are two supermarkets for those guests looking to stock up on supplies.
Matamata has earned world-wide fame as the starting point for those visiting the Hobbiton Movie set. Bus tours to Hobbiton leave from the i-SITE a number of times a day. Matamata is a 25 minute drive from our home and many of our guests visit the town.
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Matamata
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Matamata has earned world-wide fame as the starting point for those visiting the Hobbiton Movie set. Bus tours to Hobbiton leave from the i-SITE a number of times a day. Matamata is a 25 minute drive from our home and many of our guests visit the town.
Visitors to Morrinsville (a 20 minute drive from our home) will be greeted by a "Herd of Cows?". These life-size sculptures covered in colourful art murals are situated throughout the town, and reminds us of the contribution that dairying has made to the Waikato.. A recent addition to the herd is the "Mega Cow" opposite the New World supermarket. A trail map is available from the i-SITE. The Wallace Gallery houses a comprehensive collection of New Zealand art and is definitely worth a visit.
Morrinsville
Visitors to Morrinsville (a 20 minute drive from our home) will be greeted by a "Herd of Cows?". These life-size sculptures covered in colourful art murals are situated throughout the town, and reminds us of the contribution that dairying has made to the Waikato.. A recent addition to the herd is the "Mega Cow" opposite the New World supermarket. A trail map is available from the i-SITE. The Wallace Gallery houses a comprehensive collection of New Zealand art and is definitely worth a visit.
Day Trips
Rotorua is an hour and fifteen minute drive from our home and perfect for a day out. Rotorua is an adventure wonderland known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as having a rich Maori culture. We highly recommend a visit to the Redwood Forest where visitors can walk or bike along the many trails, or try the treetop trails. Take in the stunning lake and volcano scenery, or enjoy a soak in a natural hot stream or at a luxurious spa. While some of the popular attractions can be rather expensive for those travelling on a budget, there is plenty of free stuff to do thanks to nature. Kuirau Park is a thermal park right in the centre of Rotorua with steaming lakes, pools and bubbling mud. Other free activities include the the Redwood Forest, the Wai-O-Tapu Boardwalk, a visit to the Blue and Green Lakes, or a stroll through the beautiful Government Gardens in front of the Rotorua Museum.
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Rotorua
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Rotorua is an hour and fifteen minute drive from our home and perfect for a day out. Rotorua is an adventure wonderland known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as having a rich Maori culture. We highly recommend a visit to the Redwood Forest where visitors can walk or bike along the many trails, or try the treetop trails. Take in the stunning lake and volcano scenery, or enjoy a soak in a natural hot stream or at a luxurious spa. While some of the popular attractions can be rather expensive for those travelling on a budget, there is plenty of free stuff to do thanks to nature. Kuirau Park is a thermal park right in the centre of Rotorua with steaming lakes, pools and bubbling mud. Other free activities include the the Redwood Forest, the Wai-O-Tapu Boardwalk, a visit to the Blue and Green Lakes, or a stroll through the beautiful Government Gardens in front of the Rotorua Museum.
The Waitoma Caves are world famous and very popular with visitors. Waitoma, approximately an hours' drive from our home, is situated south of Otorohanga. The Glowworm caves are the most popular, where visitors meander underground in a boat along the Waitomo River through the Glowworm Grotto. For the more adventurous there is Blackwater Rafting, or abseiling, and there is plenty to do and see above ground. Walks include the beautiful Marokopa Falls and limestone Mangapohue Natural bridge.
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Waitomo Caves, Waitomo Glowworm Caves
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The Waitoma Caves are world famous and very popular with visitors. Waitoma, approximately an hours' drive from our home, is situated south of Otorohanga. The Glowworm caves are the most popular, where visitors meander underground in a boat along the Waitomo River through the Glowworm Grotto. For the more adventurous there is Blackwater Rafting, or abseiling, and there is plenty to do and see above ground. Walks include the beautiful Marokopa Falls and limestone Mangapohue Natural bridge.
Tauranga, in the Bay of Plenty, is New Zealand's 5th largest city, and is a little over an hours' drive from our home. Shop in downtown Tauranga, or visit the vibrant Strand waterfront home to a number of cafés, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs. A visit to the white sand beaches of Mount Maunganui or Papamoa is a must. Follow the walking track to the top of Mount Maunganui for breathtaking views, ortake a walk on Moturiki Island, which connects to the main beach. Other great walks we recommend are the the Kaiate Falls in Welcome Bay, a beautiful native bush reserve where the river runs through a series of stunning waterfalls., and the McLaren Falls s situated in 170 hectares of lake land reserve.
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Tauranga
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Tauranga, in the Bay of Plenty, is New Zealand's 5th largest city, and is a little over an hours' drive from our home. Shop in downtown Tauranga, or visit the vibrant Strand waterfront home to a number of cafés, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs. A visit to the white sand beaches of Mount Maunganui or Papamoa is a must. Follow the walking track to the top of Mount Maunganui for breathtaking views, ortake a walk on Moturiki Island, which connects to the main beach. Other great walks we recommend are the the Kaiate Falls in Welcome Bay, a beautiful native bush reserve where the river runs through a series of stunning waterfalls., and the McLaren Falls s situated in 170 hectares of lake land reserve.
The Karangahake Gorge is one of our favourite places to visit. It is steeped in gold mining history and natural beauty, much of it accessible through a variety of walks. Along the way you will encounter old mining relics, swing bridges and and a 1100 m railway tunnel. If you are up to it you can hike, or cycle, the whole length of the gorge, as part of the Hauraki Rail Trail. For those who want something less stressful the popular Windows Walk is a circuit of only 2km beginning with a swing bridge over the Waitawheta River, with windows through the rock wall for views down into the gorge. Conclude your visit with a ride on the Goldfields Historic Railway between Waikino and Waihi .
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Karangahake gorge
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The Karangahake Gorge is one of our favourite places to visit. It is steeped in gold mining history and natural beauty, much of it accessible through a variety of walks. Along the way you will encounter old mining relics, swing bridges and and a 1100 m railway tunnel. If you are up to it you can hike, or cycle, the whole length of the gorge, as part of the Hauraki Rail Trail. For those who want something less stressful the popular Windows Walk is a circuit of only 2km beginning with a swing bridge over the Waitawheta River, with windows through the rock wall for views down into the gorge. Conclude your visit with a ride on the Goldfields Historic Railway between Waikino and Waihi .