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Where to stay to visit Hobbiton and waitomo caves

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Where to stay to visit Hobbiton and waitomo caves

Unfortunately coming to the end of a 2 month vacation in NZ and we are heading from Wellington up the west coast to Auckland.

We missed a few places on the way down but would now like to visit Taranaki,Hobbiton and caves before Auckland.

Driving from New Plymouth where would you suggest to stay to visit these places? ideally one base so we are not driving with luggage.

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1. Re: Where to stay to visit Hobbiton and waitomo caves

1 base doesn't really work as backtracking must be involved. Ideally you'd stay 1 night at Waitomo itself and then travel directly to Matamata and on to AKL.

However Hamilton is a central location with plenty of accommodation & restaurant choices, plus the Gardens there are well worth an hour or two. They are world class.

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2. Re: Where to stay to visit Hobbiton and waitomo caves

I agree that Hamilton city would work as a one-stop base.

The drive from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton will take approx 1 hour, while the drive between Hamilton and Matamata on SH26 & SH27 will take approx 1 hr. You could return from Matamata to Hamilton using SH1 to view the Waikato River, lake Karapiro and lovely Cambridge village.

The journey from New Plymouth to Waitomo Caves will take around 2.5 hours.

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3. Re: Where to stay to visit Hobbiton and waitomo caves

I would stay at Waitomo and then either Matamata or Cambridge.

Both these places are delightful country villages.

Hamilton is just another city so maybe cities are your preference.

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