Explore Your Own Backyard

Explore Your Own Backyard this school holidays with great things to see and do in the Hamilton & Waikato region. From free attractions and iconic Waikato must do activities to great school holiday events and indoor wet weather options, there is something to suit all ages.

Free Attractions


Discover spectacular waterfalls, learn all about Kiwiana or let the young ones practice their bike skills – there are plenty of free activities & attractions to enjoy in your own backyard.

Great indoor activity options

School Holiday Activities in Hamilton

Rain or shine there are a variety of indoor activity options available such as ten-pin bowling, rock climbing and even an indoor trampoline park.

  • Ten-pin bowling: Challenge family and friends to a friendly game of ten-pin bowling at The Bowlevard at SKYCITY Hamilton
  • Waikato Museum: With great interactive children’s exhibitions, the Waikato Museum is a perfect indoor activity
  • Rock climbing: Keep active with indoor rock climbing
  • Classics Museum: Step back in time with cars and memorabilia from years gone by.
  • Trampoline Park: Leap around the indoor trampoline park
  • Waitomo Caves: Not technically indoors, the Waitomo Caves is open rain or shine
  • Movie Theatres: Perfect for a few hours of entertainment
  • Castle Pamela: See NZ’s largest collection of dolls, toys and miniature trains
  • Go-karting: Hit the race track for some go-karting
  • Swimming: Check out the heated indoor pools at Waterworld or the Te Aroha mineral spas
  • Regional Museums: From gold mining history to clocks and more, the smaller museums throughout the region have plenty to offer
    Plus much more

Must Do Activities


From underground adventure to middle-earth movie magic – check out our regions must do activities that attract people from all over the the country and world.


Events in Hamilton & Waikto

From school holiday programmes to bat tours, there are plenty of children’s events on throughout the school holidays and month of October.

  • Waikato Museum: Arts, crafts, history and science workshops for kids aged 7-14 years at the Waikato Museum
  • Squiggle Holiday Programme: Everything from sports, orienteering and engineering programmes
  • Hamilton City Libraries: From LEGO challenges and Star Wars to board games and Angry Birds – there is plenty to do at the Hamilton City Libraries
  • Aroha Cruise In: Marvel at classic cars as they line the streets of Te Aroha – with fun festivities and entertainment for the whole family.
  • NZ Ethnic Football Festival: A celebration of football and Hamilton’s diverse cultural mix
    Plus much more