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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

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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

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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

Events in Hamilton & Waikto

From Disney on Ice to school holiday programmes, there are plenty of children’s events on throughout the school holidays and month of July.

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