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Explore Your Own Backyard

From close encounters to free attractions and inner-city fun

There is plenty to explore in your own backyard this winter including great family friendly activities, free attractions, outdoor adventures, wildlife encounters, top events and much more

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Family Fun

Make the most of family outings and holidays with the abundance of family-friendly activities in the region...
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Cycle Trails

There are hundreds of kilometres of trail to discover, offering riders a close-up look at the region's picturesque scenery and fascinating past. From the Waikato River Trails and the Timber Trail to the Hauraki Rail Trail, the Te Awa River Ride and many more...
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Winter Events Calendar

Check out our Winter Events Calendar for a snapshot of the great events on in Hamilton & Waikato this Winter. From festivals and concerts to sporting events and more...

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Free Attractions

The diverse Hamilton & Waikato region provides an abundance of free activities and attractions so you can experience the wonders and hidden gems of the region on any budget
Special Offers

Hot Deals

From 50% off to kids go free - Grab a deal or discount on top attractions and activities, inner-city entertainment, accommodation, dining and retail in the Hamilton & Waikato region with these great hot deals...

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Walking and Hiking

Meander alongside the Waikato River or get the pulse racing climbing to an inspirational mountain top view...

Top Attractions

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    Waitomo Glowworm Caves

    Experience the wonder of our unique boat trip through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto.

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    Hobbiton Movie Set Tours

    Experience middle-earth movie magic at the now permanent movie set.

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    Hamilton Gardens

    Visit the visually stunning and award winning collection of gardens and take advantage of the free children’s activity sheet

Explore Your Own Backyard

Free Attractions

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Things to see and do

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From underground adventure to wildlife encounters and inn-city fun - explore the great activities on offer in your own backyard this winter.

  • Black Water Rafting: Get your adrenalin pumping with a Black Water Rafting trip with Waitomo Adventures - perfect for the older kids
  • Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari: Plentiful walks through native forest for close encounters with native birdlife and reptiles
  • Cycle Trails: Home to three of the NZ Great Rides, there are plenty of cycle trails, of all levels, to enjoy
  • Animal Encounters: Get up close and personal with NZ's native Kiwi and other native birdlife at the Otorohanga Kiwi House
  • Waikato River Explorer: Experience the unique beauty of the Waikato River with a cruise on the Waikato River Explorer
  • Ten-pin bowling: Challenge family and friends to a friendly game of ten-pin bowling at The Bowlevard at SKYCITY Hamilton and enjoy a variety of restaurants also on offer
  • Waikato Museum: With great interactive children's exhibitions, the Waikato Museum is a perfect indoor activity
  • Zealong Tea Estate: Take some time for yourself and discover NZ's only Oolong Tea Plantation and enjoy high-tea at the café
  • Relax and unwind: In the rejuvenating naturally hot soda water of the Te Aroha Mineral Spas
  • Wine and dine: From inner-city restaurants such Restaurant on Alma at Novotel Tainui Hamilton, to great local cafes and eateries
  • Travelling from out of town: Whether visiting for an event or a night in the city, take advantage of the great accommodation options on offer from  Sudima HotelIbis Tainui HamiltonBella Vista Motel & Best Western Hygate