The Waikato region is an easy drive south of Auckland and marks the place in the Shire where the hobbits lived.
The river Waikato, which reaches the west coast not far from Manukau Harbour near Auckland, here leaves the lake.
The upper Waikato enters the lake from the south near Tokaano, where there is another collection of springs, &c. The river forms several fine falls and rapids below the lake.
The Waikato and Waihou flow N., the Rangitaiki N.E., and Mokau, Wanganui and Rangitikei W.
From the mouth of the Waikato southward to about 25 m.