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Take it Easy

A Short Break

Nothing like a few days away with your mate to recharge the batteries.  See some new things, meet some new people and expand your thinking as you have a relaxed look at something new for you in the Waikato.

Must Do! International Award Winning

Hamilton Gardens

A visit to Hamilton Gardens is a must-do activity. This free attraction tells the story of gardens through themed garden collections which explore different civilisations and historically important times.  If you have been before – make sure you come back, new themed gardens are opening all the time, the change of seasons showcase different flora, various events take place through the year, and you are bound to delight in it’s award winning garden all over again.

The Hamilton Gardens includes an onsite café offering tempting treats, and plenty of space to explore.

Gardens, Art and Nature

The Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru

This is a walk with a difference with plenty to see, ponder, discover and discuss as you get out and explore.  A 2km art-in-nature trail with more than 100 sculptures and installations can be found at The Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum.  This is one of New Zealand’s largest outdoor galleries, set amongst a landscape created by planting 20,000 trees in a former quarry.

Indulge Yourself

Zealong Tea Estate

Go on – indulge yourself! Embark on a tea-infused culinary journey or explore the fascinating world of tea at Zealong Tea Estate. Relax over a high tea at the Zealong Tea House, sample our tea or take something home with you from the retail boutique store.  A very relaxed way to chill and reward youself after a busy morning and to celebrate a Mighty Waikato break away!

Farmers Markets

Around Waikato Region

While you are here, sample some of the region’s finest and freshest produce and meet some of the people who produce the tasty food New Zealand is famous for at one of the many weekend Farmers’ Markets.  No matter where you are staying in Waikato there is a market nearby most weekends, and some very famous annual markets that attract wonderful sellers and visitors from miles around.  More information.

Stunning Collection

Classics Museum

With over 100 cars for display and an extensive collection of petrol memorabilia – signs, tins, petrol pumps, pedal cars and early pin ball machines the Classics Museum has something for everyone. A 1950’s themed diner is situated inside the museum and is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a meal or a coffee.