5x things to do in Hamilton (New Zealand) with kids

5 fun activities to do in Hamilton with kids

Hamilton is a North Island destination that is skipped by many families with kids, and that is not justified. Thus, the city would make a great stopover when you are on your way to Rotorua from Coromandel or Auckland. We ourselves slept in a village near Hamilton in Cambridge (
applecross Sanctuary
). These are the things to do with kids in the Hamilton area.

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Hamilton with kids#1 Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

This is the number one attraction near Hamilton visited by many tourists. We wanted to go here, but all the tours were already fully booked. They built an entire village for the movie Hobbiton, and you can take a tour of the movie set. Kids up to 8 years old are free. The tour takes two hours and is not very cheap. For more information about this tour please click

Our accommodation host didn’t understand why we insisted on going here, because according to her it wasn’t much, but the reviews on
are very good.

Hamilton with kids#2 Relaxing at the lake

In the center of Hamilton is a large lake and on this lake is really a fantastic playground. It is actually several playgrounds together and there is a section for every age group.

Buy a delicious lunch from the supermarket and you can have a great picnic in the grass here among other families, while your kids have fun in the playground.At the playground itself, there is also an opportunity to get something to eat and drink.

We really found this a discovery and had a great time here. For the exact location and more information about this playground click

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Hamilton with kids#3 The botanical gardens

This beautiful garden is the city’s most visited attraction and rightly so! The garden is free to visit and consists of different types of gardens from a variety of countries. A wonderful place to spend a few hours walking around with your kids.

There is also a nice playground near it in the form of a kind of gnome village. You can take beautiful pictures here with your family by the numerous colorful flowers. Visit the
of the garden for more information such as opening hours and address.

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Hamilton with kids#4 Visit Wairere waterfall

The highest waterfall in the North Island is the waterfall of

The hike to the base of the waterfall is about 1.5 hours round trip, and if you want to get to the top, another 1.5 hours is added. It is a tough hike but perfectly doable for parents with older kids. Along the way, there are plenty of opportunities to picnic. From Hamilton, it is about an hour’s drive to the nature reserve.

Tip: If you want to relax after the brisk hike to the waterfall, head to the
Opal Hot Springs
. These are just a few minutes away from here by car. For a few euros you can relax in one of the five hot water baths.

Hamilton with kids#5 Go spend a day playing in the indoor playgrounds

It rains quite often in New Zealand, so it’s smart to have an alternative program for your kids behind you. Because Hamilton is a fairly large city, you have several options here for your kids to play indoors. The following options are available in Hamilton when it rains:

  • Fun Shed
    . Very large indoor playground with all kinds of inflatables and play equipment.

  • Inflatable World
    . New Zealand’s largest indoor inflatable playground. The Inflatable World sits next to the Fun Shed, so you can easily combine these two playgrounds.
  • Chipmunks indoor playground. This
    indoor playground
    is open every day and is Hamilton’s largest indoor playground.

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Hamilton New Zealand

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