Hamilton Attractions

Hamilton Gardens

A must-see attraction and one of New Zealand's most popular tourist destination. 

In the Paradise Garden Collection you will experience a unique journey exploring gardens inspired by classic designs from a wide range of cultures and eras, inlcuding Italian Renaissance, Indian Char Bagh, American Modernist and more. 
State Highway 1, Cobham Drive

 

 

Waikato Museum

Nau Mai, Haere Mai, Welcome to the Waikato Museum

For an inspirational experience, visit us on the banks of the Waikato River in the heart of Hamilton's cultural precinct.  With a focus on Tainui culture, the arts, social history, and science; our exhibitions and activities tell the stories of this region. Visit our website for up to date information on special touring exhibitions and some fantastic events.
Open daily 10.00am - 4.30pm
Corner Victoria & Grantham Street

 

 

Waikato River Explorer

Experience the beauty of the Waikato River and travel through the heart of the Waikato on the Waikato River Explorer on a Scenic Cruise. We have a fully licensed bar on board and cafe-style food available for purchase either during the cruise or from our website before you come aboard.

The Scenic cruise departs Thursday - Sunday from the Hamilton Gardens jetty. Our weekly Wine Tasting Cruises depart at 4:30pm Saturdays during summer and at selected times on Sundays all year.
State Highway 1, Cobham Drive, Gate 1 (follow the path to the river from the Main Car Park).


 

Hamilton Zoo

Home to over 600 native and exotic animals.  From red panda, Sumatran tigers and chimpanzees, to lemurs, giraffes and rhinos, the zoo also features the new Weka Walk and boasts the largest walk-through aviary in Australasia.  Landscaped with NZ native plants, Hamilton Zoo is set amongst beautiful garden settings, paved pathways and boardwalks and is the ideal destination for a relaxing, recreational visit.  Want to meet our animals up close, view the website for more details.
Brymer Road


 

SKYCITY

Hamilton's riverfront entertainment complex features a wide variety of bars and restaurants, ten pin bowling alley, Timezone, Megazone and ever popular Casino City highlights.
346 Victoria Street

 

 

ArtsPost

ArtsPost Galleries and shop feature a wide variety of high quality, unique art pieces at affordable prices.  We have 3 galleries that change monthly, come support your local artists.  Open daily
120 Victoria Street

 

 

Waterworld

If you are looking for excerise or recreation the Hamilton pools can cater for you. Twelve months of summer and a world of activities are at your feet!  Features include: hydroslides, indoor and outdoor pools, children's playground, a splashpad, picnic area with gas barbeques for a hire, a cafe and gym facilities.
Garnett Avenue, Te Rapa

Gallagher Aquatic

A boutique swimming facility featuring two indoor pools, a picnic area with gas barbeque for hire and an outdoor children's playground.
Collins Road, Mellive

 

 

Kiwi Balloon Company

The ultimate experience touched with serenity and romance.  Imagine floating on the breeze above the earth without a care in the world, experiencing the peace and tranquility.  The balloon flight is around one hour with a glass of bubbles and snacks to finish.  The whole experience takes about 4 hours.

This day will be remembered for a lifetime!

 

Classic Car Museum

A classic car museum with something designed to cater for every member of the family.  Come and have a look at the cars of yesteryear which are sure to bring back memories. 

We have over 100 cars for display and an extensive collection of petrol, pedal cars and early pin ball machines.
11 Railside Place

 

 

Hamilton Surrounds:

Zealong Tea

Discover Camellia Tea House in the heart of Zealong's Gordonton Tea Estate, 10 minutes north of Hamilton.  Indulge in high tea, light lunch - and taste a cup of fine Zealong tea. Experience New Zealand's only tea farm. Take part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the tea garden.  
495 Gordonton Road

 

Taitua Arboretum

Asplendid collection of mature trees stretches across 22 hectares of open pasture, lakes and woodland gardens.  Linked by a network of walking tracks and bridges, the park also features great views and spectacular wildlife.
Taitua Road (off SH23 Howden Road)

 

 

 

Woodlands Historic Homestead, Public Gardens, Function Centre and Cafe

Gem of the Waikato, proudly owned by the Waikato District Council, only 15 minutes from Hamilton City.  Historic Homestead, and cafe, set in peaceful public gardens ideal for conferences, meetings and stunning weddings.

This unique location offers the perfect setting for a range of functions or enjoy a casual visit to the historic homestead, cricket oval, children’s garden and Monet bridge/lake gardens including a multi-media presentation of the estate’s history.
42 Whitikahu Road, Gordonton

 




 
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