Runs a range of river cruises, focussed variously on sightseeing, history or your belly (coffee and muffins, hangi – a feast of maori...
The excellent Waikato Museum has five main areas: an art gallery; interactive science galleries; Tainui galleries housing Maori...
Rambling through a noble, burgundy-coloured timber hall (1874), this buzzy cafe-bar dishes up good pub grub (mains $13 to $24), plus...
On the east side of the river (walk here along the water), Hydro is a fun cafe occupying an old block of neighbourhood shops, with...
Lonely Planet review
Hamilton Gardens, spread over 50 hectares, incorporates a large park, cafe, restaurant and extravagant themed enclosed gardens. There are separate Italian Renaissance, Chinese, Japanese, English, American and Indian gardens complete with colonnades, pagodas and a mini Taj Mahal. Equally interesting are the sustainable Productive Garden Collection, a fragrant herb garden and the precolonisation Maori Te Parapara garden. Look for the impressive Nga Uri O Hinetuparimaunga (Earth Blanket) sculpture at the main gates. The gardens are southeast of Hamilton city centre.