Top 10 Things to do in Hamilton

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Hamilton is a very well-known holiday destination for people looking to explore New Zealand. It offers various attractive and beautiful places to see and do in the city. Below are the top 10 picks for you to see and do around Hamilton.

Hamilton Gardens

A stunning, free attraction, Hamilton Gardens is a beautiful and an enchanting place to explore and relax. You will admire its superb sights that features various perfectly manicured collections. Among these splendid collections are the Indian Char Bagh Garden, Japanese Garden of Contemplation, Italian Renaissance Garden, the Productive Collection’s Te Parapara Garden, Herb Garden and Kitchen Garden, the Fantasy Collection’s Tudor Garden and Tropical Garden, the Cultivar Collection’s Rogers Rose Garden and Victorian Flower Garden, as well as the Landscape Collection’s Valley Work and Echo Bank Bush. The concept of having this garden is based in the Waikato that explores the context, history and the meaning of gardens through time. It is being recognized both locally and internationally because of its remarkable concept and is the Waikato’s most popular tourist destination. The garden is only 5 minutes drive from Hamilton’s CBD. It is open 7 days a week during daylight hours and parking is also free. Hamilton Gardens is indeed a great stop over for visitors of all ages.

Classics Museum

If you’re looking for a fantastic and classic car displays, then Classics Museum in Hamilton is the right choice. It displays over 60 superb classic car collections (from early 1900’s to early 1970’s). It also displays a few classic motorbikes and a variety of memorabilia such as signs, tins, petrol pumps, pedal cars and vintage pinball machines. Entrance fee is free for kids and $20 for adults. It has plenty of free parking onsite. It also offers an inspired 1950’s diner. Serving American classics, modern fare, child-friendly options and absolutely sumptuous coffee! The cafe menu has a good range of tasty food with a working vintage jukebox that has a fantastic sound. Come and visit the Classics Museum now!

Hamilton Lake Domain

A must have for all ages! Hamilton Lake Domain is a lovely recreation area which provides a great opportunity to walk the lake circuit, or sit down under a tree and watch the swans and other birds. It is a recreational facility within walking distance from the CBD. It provides a variety of land and water based activities such as yachting, wind surfing, canoeing, paddle boats, model boats, dragon boating, waka ama, raft racing and a range of informal activities like feeding ducks or fishing. This place indeed offers a distinctive ecological environment in the heart of Hamilton city. There is also a cafe, overlooking the lake. You will definitely enjoy having a cup of coffee in there, with your friends or family.

Taitua Arboretum

If you are looking for an enchanting and tranquil picnic spot, then Taitua Arboretum offers a relaxing retreat and an opportunity to escape from the bustle of city living.  It has a collection of mature trees that covers 20 hectares (49-acre) of woodland gardens, lakes and open pasture. It absolutely offers great views and wonderful bird life and is ideal for a family outing or strolling. It is also a great venue for couples who are planning to have their wedding held in an enchanting spot.  It is open 7 days a week from 8am to half an hour before sunset and admission is also for free. So, take a time to drop by and witness the beauty of nature!

Hamilton Zoo

A million years in the making, Hamilton Zoo is the largest zoo in the entire North Island and is home to over 600 native and exotic animals. The trees and gardens create a shade and the beautiful environment will surely lift your mood and soothe your soul. Enclosures are also carefully thought about for the animals, allowing for great viewing which will make your visit worthwhile and safe. You will also meet a keeper who will talk about the characters and personalities of the animals as well as their feeding and enrichment. So, if you need a break, then Hamilton Zoo is the perfect destination for a day out.

Waikato Museum

Situated on the banks of the mighty Waikato River and in the heart of Hamilton’s south-end cultural precinct is a world class and very artistic Waikato Museum. It has 13 galleries that features more than 25 new exhibitions and 100 public events annually. They have interactive programme that aims to engage and inspire the local and international visitors. Waikato Museum is also the best venue to host different events. If you wanted to know and experience the stories of Waikato’s arts, their history, culture and science, then visit the Waikato Museum from 10am – 5pm daily.

Waikato Stadium

Waikato Stadium is the home to the most iconic and major sporting and cultural events venue in Hamilton, New Zealand. This is a great choice for any event that aims to engage, inspire or celebrate. The stadium has a total crowd capacity of 25,000 and has five levels which are home to function spaces. These function spaces include corporate lounges, function lounges, the boardroom, management offices, player changing facilities, retail concessions and media facilities.

Lido Cinema

Lido Cinema is greatly known as Hamilton’s best cinema complex. This cinema always offers a great selection of movies including opera and drama. Snacks and drinks are available to have in the comfortable lounges. It offers a comfortable big seats or leather couches and a fantastic decor with chandeliers and soft music. It also has a classy carpet and drapes. This is definitely a great place to watch your favorite and current movie together with your loved ones.

Waitomo Caves

If you’re into adventure, then Waitomo Caves in the North Island of New Zealand is the best destination. It is approximately 2 hours and 40 mins drive from Auckland, 2 hours drive from Rotorua and 1 hour drive from Hamilton. The easiest way to see the cave is through walking or boat tour. A few of the highlights in Waitomo Caves are the glow worms, black water rafting and it is the location for Hobbit filming. You will enjoy the beautiful natural wonders such as Marokopa Falls and limestone Mangapohue bridge as well as seeing those fascinating rock forms.

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