Explore Your Own Backyard this school holidays

Explore Your Own Backyard this July school holidays with great family friendly activities, from free attractions to outdoor adventures, wildlife encounters, top events and much more

WIN a Fun Family Adventure


Enter the draw to WIN a fun family adventure in your own backyard these school holidays. The prize package is valid for a family of four (2 adults & 2 children) and includes:

  • Family fun pass for tenpin bowling at SKYCITY Hamilton
  • Family pass to Hobbiton Movie Set
  • 1 night accommodation incl breakfast at Novotel Tainui Hamilton
  • Family pass to Ruakuri Cave in Waitomo
  • Family pass to Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

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Free Attractions

Summer  Holiday Activities in Hamilton

Explore Your Own Backyard


From underground adventure to middle-earth movie magic – explore the great activities and attractions on offer in your own backyard this winter.

  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves: Experience the wonder of our unique boat trip through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto
  • Hobbiton Movie Set: Experience middle-earth movie magic at the now permanent movie set
  • Black Water Rafting: Get your adrenalin pumping with a Black Water Rafting trip with Waitomo Adventures – perfect for the older kids
  • Hamilton Gardens: Visit the visually stunning and award winning collection of gardens and take advantage of the free children’s activity sheet.
  • 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 Hotel and Ibis Tainui Hamilton to Bella Vista Motel & Best Western Hygate

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Top Events

July School Holiday Activities in Hamilton

Keep the kids entertained these with the variety of school holiday and family friendly events on offer or enjoy a night out with friends at one of the great winter events

  • Waikato Museum School Holiday Programme: From ocean day and penguin day to Maori arts & crafts, and full day activities, the Waikato Museum School Holiday programme is suitable for kids age 7-14.
  • Te Awa at The Base: Meet Peppa Pig from 6th – 10th July or take part in the superheroes & butterflies craft workshops from 13th – 17th July at Te Awa.
  • The Wiggles: The Wiggles Rock & Roll Preschool Tour comes to Founders Theatre in Hamilton on 12th July
  • Matariki Events: Celebrate Matariki with the range of great family friendly events on throughout July
  • Squiggle Holiday Programme: Games, sports, arts and crafts, trips and lego are just some of the school holiday activities on offer through the Squiggle Holiday Programme

For even more great events, download a copy of our Winter Events Calendar here