Activities & Attractions

Perfect location to check out the region

Region Activities & Attractions

Epworth is a natural paradise that provides a peaceful break from the pressures of city living, spread out over 12 acres nestled on the shores of the Waikato River. We are centrally located in the Waikato region providing the perfect location to base yourselves while taking advantage of the many offsite attractions unique to this region.

Plenty of sites to see including Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves, Waikato River trails, Hamilton Gardens, Sanctuary Mountain and much more!

Waitomo Caves

Hobbiton Movie Set

Okoroire Hotel and Hot Springs

Waitomo Caves is one of the must-see natural attractions in the North Island of New Zealand. There’s so much to do! Above-ground attractions combine with underground attractions to create Two Landscapes and Twice the Fun! Only 1 hour travel time from Cambridge, don’t miss out on seeing one of nature’s wonders, the glow worms. For more information visit Click Here

Voted New Zealand’s 2016 most popular tourist destination, located on one of the most picturesque private farms in the Waikato, just outside of Matamata, is the Hobbiton movie set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. You are able to take a fascinating two-hour guided tour. Only 1/2 an hour’s drive from Cambridge or a shuttle bus ride from the iSITE centre this popular tourist destination is a must. For more information visit Click Here

Just 15 minutes drive from Epworth, the Okoroire Hot Springs is the ideal place for a hot pool getaway to rest and relax in the tranquil thermal waters of Okoroire. Take the short bush walk to the charmingly rustic private pools, surrounded by bush and ferns. When you’re done soaking, pop up to the hotel and enjoy a meal or a nice cool drink, 9 holes of golf or go for a walk around the quaint wee nearby town of Tirau famous for its specialty shops, Antiques, and galleries. Click Here

Lake District Adventures

The Boatshed Kayaks​

Sanctuary Mountain

A friendly family-run business based at the southern end of the beautiful Lake Karapiro, operating all year round. Discover the region by hiring quality mountain bikes to travel along the Wakiato River Trail, or a kayak or stand up paddleboard to glide along the calm waters of the lake, or for something truly unique our guided kayak Glow Worm tour is not to be missed. Click Here

Take in the special kayak trips by paddling Lake Karapiro or a fantastic kayak adventure for the entire family to see the glow worms in stunning surroundings. Stand up paddle boarding and Waikato trips also available, for more information and pricing visit their website. Click Here

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari began with a dream to protect the plant and animal species living on Maungatautari.  This ancient ecosystem has been recognised as a reserve since 1912 and nearly 100 years later the community came together to restore and further protect this precious environment with a pest-proof fence. By removing all mammals from Maungatautari it has provided a safe environment to reintroduce some of New Zealand’s most endangered species back to their natural habitat. Click Here