THINGS TO DO IN HAMILTON
A geographically and culturally diverse region, the Waikato has a range of activities and attractions to suit all ages and tastes – from our vibrant city hub of Hamilton to the rugged west coast, underground wonders and middle-earth movie magic!
Hobbiton Movie Set:
Hobbiton Movie Set is the largest permanent movie set in the world and was used for filming The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. It’s a truly world-class attraction, just 45 minutes from Hamilton.
Explore the mystical world of Waitomo and its limestone cave formations and magical glowworms. Take a walking or boat tour, or for the more adventurous try black water rafting, abseiling or zip-lining. Waitomo is just one hour from Hamilton.
Hamilton Lake Domain:
A short stroll from the central city, Hamilton Lake Domain is one of Hamilton's largest and most popular public places. It features a cafe, grassed areas, playgrounds, and a 3.8 km path and boardwalk which circles the lake itself.
Raglan is known for its world-class surfing spots and black sand beaches. With a laidback bohemian atmosphere, the coastal township is a unique slice of Kiwi paradise. 45 minutes from Hamilton via SH23
The Waikato River:
Flowing through the heart of our great city, the Waikato River is New Zealand's longest river. It offers opportunities for cruises, walks and cycling, with numerous access points throughout the city.
Take a stroll around the multi-award winning Hamilton Gardens, featuring themed gardens and playgrounds including the brand new Mansfield Garden. Only five minutes drive from the CBD.
Home to more than 600 native and exotic animals, Hamilton Zoo is the perfect destination for a day out with family and friends.
Discover the history and culture of our proud city, as well as contemporary art with the museum’s ever-growing collection and ever-changing exhibitions.
For more information visit: www.waikatonz.com