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Hamilton hot air balloons

Hamilton is the underdog city in Aotearoa NZ. Banter, wry humour is often Hamilton’s calling card. Think again,

New businesses are popping up, the food scene is booming, and the natural beauty of the mighty Waikato is stunning.

Don’t skip town, Hamilton is your next holiday spot. There are some amazing activities to do in Hamilton, there’s truly something for everyone. Adventure, creativity or chilling out, here’s five reasons Hamilton is your next holiday destination.

Here are five options that can fill your trip with adventure and creativity

Taitua Arboretum

This absolutely dreamy nature walk located on the outskirts of Hamilton is a must-see. With completely free entry, this arboretum has been a part of Hamilton since 1997. The entire property is located on 20 hectares of luscious land. If you’re after a relaxing break from the city or an Instagram worthy picnic spot, look no further.

  • Where: 25 Taitua Road, Temple View, Hamilton 3289
  • Cost: Free
Hot air ballooning

Hamilton is known Aotearoa wide for its Balloons over Waikato festival held each year. Now you can enjoy what this magical festival has to offer, all year round. Kiwi Balloon Company offers scenic hot air balloon rides that will not disappoint.

  • Where: 15 Hastings Place, Hamilton Lake, Hamilton, 3204
  • Cost: Adult (12+) $390 Child (4-12) $310
The Bearded Weasel

Looking for a place to stop for a bite to eat? The Bearded Weasel is a to-die-for fried chicken restaurant that offers delicious flavours. The restaurant offers dine-in or takeaway and is located right by the edge of the picturesque Waikato River — it’s a bit sneaky so be sure to pop your head around the corner if you can’t spot it.

  • Where: 298 Victoria Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton 3204
  • Cost: Varies depending on food
Hamilton Farmers Market

Something Hamilton knows how to do well is a market. The Hamilton Farmers Market is located within the Claudeland showgrounds and runs every Sunday, 8 am-12 pm. The market offers fresh produce, plants, bread, artisanal foods, and even some early morning food trucks.

  • Where: Gate 3 Brooklyn Road, Claudelands, Hamilton 3214
  • Cost: Free entry
Classics Museum

If you’re a fan of all things vintage, this museum will tickle your fancy. Started by a humble Hamiltonian as a way to store his expanding collection of cars and automobilia, now the Museum houses over 100 cars. It’s a great spot for families too with the Jukebox Diner inside to fill hungry tummies.

  • Where: 11 Railside Place, Dinsdale, Hamilton 3204
  • Cost: Adults $20 Child (5-14) $8 Childer (under 5) Free

The journey is worth it.

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