Things to do with kids in

A metropolitan city situated on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, Hamilton’s rich cultural mix and vibrant centre makes it a perfect place to experience the friendly Kiwi lifestyle.

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 Waikato River winds its way directly through Hamilton, providing great activity options 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.

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. It was built in 1987 by the same architect that designed NZ’s National Museum Te Papa.

Families are also well looked after with everything from great playgrounds to tenpin bowling, indoor rock climbing, trampoline parks, go-karting and top attractions such as Hamilton Zoo and more.

The local zoo has the largest free flight aviary in the Southern Hemisphere—an excellent chance to find out about New Zealand’s distinctive native birds.

The Hamilton Gardens and the Hamilton Lake are idyllic spots to enjoy a picnic and the playgrounds will keep children entertained for hours.

Families also have the perfect chance to explore the Waikato River and Lake Karapiro on a relaxed kayak tour or a leisurely boat cruise.

Walkways and cycle tracks hug the river banks providing plenty of opportunities to have some active family fun and to experience a whole lot of the great outdoors and wide open spaces throughout the city.

Nearby, Middle-earth movie magic can be found in the lush green countryside near Matamata, where The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies were filmed.

Future generations will be inspired on a two-hour guided tour of the movie set where you can see the hobbit holes tucked into the hillside and learn about a significant part of New Zealand’s film history.