Explore Your Own Backyard

Explore Your Own Backyard with great things to see and do in the Hamilton & Waikato region. From free attractions and iconic Waikato must do activities to great 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 sports events and theatre to concerts and more, there are plenty of events on over the coming months.

  • Bill Bailey Limboland Tour live at Founders Theatre – Friday 7th November
  • The Taniwha multisport event on the Waikato River Trails – Saturday 8th November
  • Maunga Cycle Challenge 100km cycle race – Sunday 9th November
  • Tri Maori Festival triathlon event at Lake Karapiro – Saturday 22nd November
  • Jimmy Barnes 30:30 Hindsight Tour live at Claudelands Arena Hamilton – Tuesday 25th November
  • The Seekers 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee Tour live at Claudelands Arena Hamilton – Friday 28th November
  • Fight For Life featuring Joseph Parker, Monty Betham, Carlos Spencer and more – Saturday 6th December
    Plus much more