Hamilton - Located in the heartland of New Zealand, Hamilton is NZ’s 4th largest city. Only 1 ½hours drive from Auckland, Hamilton is a safe, friendly, clean city and a great place for family holidays.
Situated in the heart of the Waikato region, Hamilton is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing cities. Hamilton is a great place to spend time in - itis rich in culture with a vibrant centre, the majestic Waikato River and parks and gardens to explore.
The city of Hamilton itself is flat and easily accessible on foot. There are many walking trails beside the river and the well laid out and manicured lawns and gardens are a feature.
The mighty Waikato River winds its way directly through Hamilton, providing great thing to do for a relaxing afternoon. Kayak the river on a guided tour or relax with a quiet stroll from the CBD along the river walks to the Hamilton Gardens at the southern end of the city.
Wellington Street Beach has been awarded the title of New Zealand’s best inland beach. While not a typical beach with ocean, the sandy strip is actually beside the Waikato River. It’s pretty uncommon to have a beach in the middle of a town, but Hamilton is special like that. A great, free place to swim, with a small wharf to jump from. There is a cafe across the road as well. The Waikato River plays such a big part in Hamilton’s appeal. It snakes through the city, and you’ll see glimpses of it every few minutes as you travel through. But why fight the traffic, cruise in style along the river on the Waikato Explorer. Located on the banks of the Waikato River, the Waikato Museum is Hamilton’s art and culture hub. Built in 1987 by the same architect that designed NZ’s National Museum Te Papa, the facility houses a rich and diverse collection of both New Zealand and Maori exhibits. Entry is free to the Museum, but donations are welcomed to assist with the running of the complex.
For kids, there is the Exscite interactive science centre. Exscite is a permanent fixture at the Waikato Museum, but the Exscite Trust does regularly update and add new activities, as well as refurbished older favourites. They run a range of school holiday activities throughout the year to entertain the kids.
Hamilton Zoo has been delighting kids and parents in the Waikato since 1969. Located northwest of Hamilton, it is surrounded by lush green fields -a great location to house all manner of animals big and small. This well-established Zoo is home to over 600animals across the key species: Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds. You’ll encounter animals native to New Zealand such as the Tuatara, to exotic
Waterworld is a family oriented pools complex located in Forest Lake, Hamilton. The pools are a mix of traditional pool features, with lots of family friendly activities. The complex also features a full size Olympic pool, and competition grade diving boards. A great spot for those school holidays. Originally built in the 1970s as Te Rapa Pools, the complex is regularly upgraded and developed. New hydro slides have been added in recent years. The WaterWorld family pools feature hydro slides, large inflatable sand outdoor area. You can bring a picnic and definitely spend a full day here with BBQ areas outside, and lots of space to run around. Hamilton is a logical base for exploring the Waikato region, with all the attractions within a one hour drive.
For active family fun, there are numerous walks, cycleways and parks to experience as much of the great outdoors as you want and plenty of wide open spaces in the region where families can simply enjoy being together.
If you’re a Tolkein fan, drive east to Matamata and visit Hobbiton, the movie set made for the Lord of The Rings series. It features a guided bus tour of Hobbit sized village, that the whole family will love.
The idyllic west coast beaches of Raglan and Kawhia are an easy drive from Hamilton. An ideal size for families, they are great spots to create lifelong memories. Raglan offers plenty of accommodation and dining options as well as fantastic surf and beach activities from kayaking to harbor cruising. As the final resting place of the Tainui waka, the smaller seaside town of Kawhia is rich with culture and heritage and at low tide you can dig your own hot pool on the ocean beach.
By basing your stay in Hamilton, you are within short drive to the pristine beauty of The Coromandel Peninsula, the superb sandy beaches of Mount Maunganui and the “Thermal Wonderland” of Rotorua(The Maori cultural capital of New Zealand),beautiful Lake Taupo (New Zealand’s largest lake), or a short trip to see the grandeur of the Waitomo Caves.
The coal town of Huntly makes an interesting stop between Auckland and Hamilton.
Otorohanga is located at the southern edges of the picturesque Waikato region and is the gateway to the Waitomo area.
The town is home to the famous Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park where you can view the furry little critters up close in a natural environment. There are other native birds and reptiles to view as well.
Hamilton is full of fun for everyone in the family with so many things to do and experience. The kids won’t be bored here!
Come and join the fun at Chipmunks indoor play centre Hamilton!
Over 600 animals live in this large zoo featuring a walk-through aviary, plus a cafe & picnic areas.
Hobbiton Movie Set Tours is a fascinating 2 hour tour will take you through Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill, double arched bridge and other structures and gardens built for the Lord of the Rings Trilogies films.
Inflatable World Hamilton is a great place to drop in for a fun time with the family !
Visit Waterworld for a fun filled day, rain or shine, - one of New Zealand's largest aquatic centres.