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Things To Do in Hamilton, Waikato New Zealand

A geographically and culturally diverse area, the Hamilton & Waikato region has a wide range of activities and attractions to suit all ages and tastes-from surfing world class breaks and strolling through caves to wine tasting and heritage trails.

As a local Hamilton web design company, Liquid Web Hamilton know the area very well and have listed some interesting places to check out below.


The Waikato Museum and the Gardens Hamilton
Soak up the Waikato community's rich arts and culture in the Waikato Museum (opens in new window). Highlights include the majestic waka war (Maori canoe), local artwork exhibition galleries, and the Waikato WW1 floor,' For Us They Break.' Then go to the area's most visited attraction, the Hamilton Gardens (opened in a new window) that tell the Garden History from various cultures through thematic garden collections.

Ride the Timber Trail
Venture through the middle of North Island on the Timber Trail, an 87-kilometre bike path winding through the Pureora Trees. Tracing the route of old logging routes, the trail includes relics of the logging history of the area as well as ancient trees, natural woods and eight large suspension bridges.

Enjoy the Waikato River cruise
Soak up the majesty of New Zealand's longest canal, the Waikato River, which flows through the heart of Hamilton on a Waikato River Explorer cruise.

Photo Courtesy of: Petro Venter

Claudelands Park

Address: Corner of Brooklyn Road and, Heaphy Terrace, Claudelands, Hamilton 3214, New Zealand Main Phone: 07-958 5895 Visit the Claudelands Park Website View Claudelands Park on Google Latitude: -37.7772068 Longitude: 175.2890594

Did you know that Claudelands Park rates 4.4/5 based on 1751 total ratings?

Reviews for Claudelands Park
Ben Highlander Ben Highlander 5/5 3 months ago Went to the farmer's market. I just love the breakfast fried bread and sweet pancakes. Lots to make a Sunday morning special.nstarts at 8am I think. Also somebody singing usually. Fresh produce ad organic stuff. Worth a visit. Great coffee.
Harmony Rawiri Harmony Rawiri 5/5 in the last week Super easy to find, my children absolutely love it there, has a Free BBQ and we visit here often xo
T Wilson T Wilson 5/5 3 weeks ago Excellent location. I visited here for a Covid test. Easy to drive in, plenty of space for locals to get a Covid test here, safely. Claudelands also has farmers markets (in Covid level 1) and has a beautiful big grassy field where families can enjoy the kiwi life. It also has a massive free playground for children (of all sizes). Parks like this make city living enjoyable.

Riff Raff Statue & Embassy Park - Celebrating Richard O'Brien & The Rocky Horror Show

Address: 210 Victoria Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand Main Phone: 021 888 469 Visit the Riff Raff Statue & Embassy Park - Celebrating Richard O'Brien & The Rocky Horror Show Website View Riff Raff Statue & Embassy Park - Celebrating Richard O'Brien & The Rocky Horror Show on Google Latitude: -37.7885841 Longitude: 175.2845973

Did you know that Riff Raff Statue & Embassy Park - Celebrating Richard O'Brien & The Rocky Horror Show rates 4.4/5 based on 90 total ratings?

Reviews for Riff Raff Statue & Embassy Park - Celebrating Richard O'Brien & The Rocky Horror Show
Daniel Coulthard Jr Daniel Coulthard Jr 5/5 9 months ago I love that Frankenfurter's lab is the public toilet. Great community feature
André van der Colff André van der Colff 3/5 9 months ago Pretty nice statue, makes you wonder where the closest stocking shop is... A few nice movie related things strewn around will make you giggle to yourself a bit. Oh and instructions for the time warp.
Bobby G Bobby G 4/5 a year ago Good spot to wait for your ride after a big night out
Photo Courtesy of: Escape HQ

Escape HQ

Address: 37B Harwood Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand Main Phone: 07-262 3035 Visit the Escape HQ Website View Escape HQ on Google Latitude: -37.7808384 Longitude: 175.2743701

Did you know that Escape HQ rates 4.8/5 based on 113 total ratings?

Reviews for Escape HQ
Delia Demers Delia Demers 5/5 4 months ago We've done a lot of escape rooms, and we really enjoyed the "dark side of the room". The puzzles were challenging and unique, every clue fit into the storyline. This escape room involves a lot more than just locks, which we really appreciated. On top of this, the staff is incredibly accommodating and friendly. From complimentary snacks, to accommodating us when we couldn't find the venue. We highly recommend this escape room!!! (Rock on!)
Jo Vreede Jo Vreede 5/5 2 months ago Escape HQ were amazing, I honestly don't fully know what I was expecting. but they went above and beyond my expectations. The puzzles were difficult but not frustratingly so. All of the clues really fit the theme of the room and the automation was really fun. I would absolutely recommend them and would love to go back and do another room. Mike was super lovely and helped heaps ((rock on?!))
Kayla Mackey Kayla Mackey 5/5 3 months ago Over the weekend we did the Utterly Grazing room which we loved! We were skeptical at first but, it turned out to be great! Very challenging and having to think outside of the box. The service was also exceptional!! Will definately be returning to do the other one

Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato

Address: 1 Grantham Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand Main Phone: 07-838 6606 Visit the Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato Website View Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato on Google Latitude: -37.7898865 Longitude: 175.286288

Did you know that Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato rates 4.4/5 based on 1151 total ratings?

Reviews for Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
Luna Hughes Luna Hughes 4/5 a month ago A nice museum to visit whilst in Hamilton because whilst we were there the entry was free except for one section which was for kids. Good insight into Maori culture, traditions and their interactions with the pakeha that lead to the events post signing of the treaty. Also interesting art and sculptural exhibits featuring iconic local NZ artists.
Frying Kiwi Frying Kiwi 5/5 7 months ago Great place to spend a chilly winter's day, keep my son entertained and engaged for the whole afternoon
Mathieu Williams Mathieu Williams 5/5 8 months ago It was cool but ya have to pay to get into a section seeing the history is definitely worth going to.
Photo Courtesy of: Alan Isaac

Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Address: 494 Grey Street, Hamilton East, Hamilton 3216, New Zealand Main Phone: 07-856 6486 Visit the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary Website View Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Google Latitude: -37.7902768 Longitude: 175.2931243

Did you know that Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary rates 4.8/5 based on 302 total ratings?

Reviews for Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Maria Da Silveira Maria Da Silveira 5/5 3 months ago Such a beautiful place of worship and praise. The structure is unique and the beautiful stain glass windows hold their own magnificent meaning. I went one afternoon around 1500hrs and the place was serene. One could just sit and unload one's anxieties to God and contemplate.
Roger MacDonald Roger MacDonald 5/5 4 months ago Simply a stunningly beautiful cathedral, timeless in design, acoustically flawless, dignified in structure, warm, a lovely place for reflection and worship. A credit to the Catholic Church as the hub of the Catholic diocese for the Waikato region. I recently attended a family funeral at the cathedral and couldn't think of a nicer place to be to be amongst family and traverse and witness all the feelings of grief, reflection and celebration.
Stephanie Fong Stephanie Fong 5/5 2 months ago Beautiful cathedral , wheelchair accessible and very close to city centre
Photo Courtesy of: Shayline Engelbrecht

Confinement Escape Rooms - Hamilton

Address: 346 Victoria Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand Main Phone: 07-838 0058 Visit the Confinement Escape Rooms - Hamilton Website View Confinement Escape Rooms - Hamilton on Google Latitude: -37.7868832 Longitude: 175.2837874

Did you know that Confinement Escape Rooms - Hamilton rates 4.4/5 based on 222 total ratings?

Reviews for Confinement Escape Rooms - Hamilton
Loran McLay Loran McLay 5/5 2 months ago We travelled to Hamilton as we are big escape room fans and tried all 4 rooms over 24 hours. Here are the rooms in order of our favourite: * Murdoch manor * Cigar Lounge * Camp Amity * Lost Villa We found there was at least one puzzle type we hadn’t seen before in each room which is always great to see. Staff were great and tablets used meant we got hints when needed without spoiling the fun of solving the puzzle ourselves. Highly recommend.
Jo Vreede Jo Vreede 5/5 2 months ago I went during the school holidays with some family as they were visiting, we had so much fun. The Murdoch Manor room was super challenging but had a great environment. Loved it!
Danny Burt Danny Burt 3/5 4 months ago It wasn't really my thing, but had fun with the family. However, great to get the brain engaged like it was.
Photo Courtesy of: Dejan Nakarada-Kordic

Parana Park

Address: Memorial Drive, Hamilton East, Hamilton 3216, New Zealand Main Phone: 07-838 6699 Visit the Parana Park Website View Parana Park on Google Latitude: -37.7874338 Longitude: 175.2877776

Did you know that Parana Park rates 4.5/5 based on 861 total ratings?

Reviews for Parana Park
Nayro 80 Nayro 80 4/5 7 months ago The park itself is full of amazing things from the past and filled with many different types of flowers and trees that are pleasing to the human eye. Many different trails to jog and run on, just absolutely breathtaking. The park is great for kids, they love going on the swings and slides and seeing those cute little birds. I'm just lost for words at this point so go and see it for your self.
brian cunningham brian cunningham 5/5 a week ago Beautiful, quiet, well kept, almost serene compared to the madness of the city such a short distance away. A jewel of a walk in a city of beautiful walks
Daniel Willoughby Daniel Willoughby 5/5 in the last week This park is bloody brilliant. Kids love it close to town stroll down by the river go see the gardens and kids get to cool down in the summer
Photo Courtesy of: Hamilton Lake Domain

Hamilton Lake Domain

Address: Ruakiwi Road, Hamilton Lake, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand Main Phone: 07-838 6699 Visit the Hamilton Lake Domain Website View Hamilton Lake Domain on Google Latitude: -37.7972367 Longitude: 175.2788517

Did you know that Hamilton Lake Domain rates 4.6/5 based on 3593 total ratings?

Reviews for Hamilton Lake Domain
Sheena Maru Sheena Maru 5/5 a year ago Been coming here since a baby now I bring my baby's here
AJay Kumar AJay Kumar 4/5 a year ago Gud view n long track for walking.
Vern Atkinson (Varni) Vern Atkinson (Varni) 5/5 6 months ago A great place for family or yourself to just relax by the water and enjoy the views or feed the ducks or go for a pleasant walk by the water. Cafe and icecream is close by or bring your own food and have a picnic, plenty of spots to set up and relax. A lot of fun activities for the kids and all to learn while they play as well as a couple of great swings and play ground areas.
Photo Courtesy of: Balloons over Waikato

Balloons over Waikato

Address: Innes Common, Hamilton Lake, Hamilton 3200, New Zealand Main Phone: 07-856 7215 Visit the Balloons over Waikato Website View Balloons over Waikato on Google Latitude: -37.8004098 Longitude: 175.2713734

Did you know that Balloons over Waikato rates 5/5 based on 4 total ratings?

Reviews for Balloons over Waikato
David Lazar David Lazar 5/5 a month ago I love balloons over Waikato I wish year iwi the Kiwi Comes back I love that balloon And I love SpongeBob balloon it’s the best
Jack Johnson Jack Johnson 5/5 a month ago I love the darth vader balloon it's the best balloon ever darth vader balloon and I whant to see darth Vader balloon again when it comes back to Hamilton city
Giri _KakiKereta Giri _KakiKereta 5/5 a year ago It is very exciting when New Zealand has this festival
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