Attractions

Top Choice Gardens in Hamilton

Hamilton Gardens

Spread over 50 hectares southeast of the city centre, Hamilton Gardens incorporates a large park, cafe, restaurant and extravagant themed enclosed gardens. There are separate Italian Renaissance, Chinese, Japanese, …
Top Choice Museum in Hamilton

Waikato Museum

The excellent Waikato Museum has five main areas: an art gallery; interactive science galleries; Tainui galleries housing Māori treasures, including the magnificently carved waka taua (war canoe), Te Winikawaka; a W…
Top Choice Museum in Te Awamutu

Te Awamutu Museum

Te Awamutu Museum has a superb collection of Māori taonga (treasures) and an excellent display on the Waikato War. The highlight is the revered Te Uenuku (‘The Rainbow’), an ancient Māori carving estimated to be up …
Film Location in Matamata

Hobbiton Movie Set Tours

Due to copyright, all the movie sets around NZ were dismantled after the filming of The Lord of the Rings, but Hobbiton’s owners negotiated to keep their hobbit holes, which were then rebuilt for the filming of The …
Arts Centre in Raglan

Old School Arts Centre

A community hub, the Old School Arts Centre has changing exhibitions and workshops, including weaving, carving, yoga and storytelling. Movies screen here regularly during summer ($11): grab a snack and a beer to com…
Plantation in Hamilton

Zealong Tea Estate

Interesting tours learning about the only tea plantation in NZ, located around 10km northeast of Hamilton. For an extra $35, partner the tea experience with a tiffin-style high tea spread of sweet and savoury snacks…
Zoo in Hamilton

Hamilton Zoo

Hamilton Zoo houses 500-plus species including wily and curious chimpanzees. Guided-tour options include Eye2Eye and Face2Face opportunities to go behind the scenes to meet various animals, plus daily Meet the Keepe…
Museum in Hamilton

Classics Museum

Travel in time amid this collection of over 100 classic cars from the first half of the 20th century. Even if you’re not a motorhead, you’ll still be dazzled by the crazy Amphicar and the cool Maserati and Corvette …
Gallery in Hamilton

ArtsPost

This contemporary gallery and gift shop is housed in a grand, former post office. It focuses on the best of local art: paintings, glass, prints, textiles and photography.
Museum in Cambridge

Cambridge Museum

In a former courthouse, the quirky Cambridge Museum has plenty of pioneer relics, a military history room and a range of local history displays.