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If you’re flying into Hamilton hiring one of our cheap rental cars is a great way to explore this picturesque part of New Zealand. You can either pick up a rental car at the airport which is 15 km from town or in Hamilton itself.
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A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring Hamilton and the Waikato region. Here are a few of the many attractions around Waikato you might like to consider checking out. The letters on the map match those below, where you'll find information about each attraction. For more ideas, check out the Hamilton & Waikato Tourism website.
Interesting places to visit
A - Waitomo Caves
The green hills of Waitomo conceal an underground maze of caves, created by streams that shaped the limestone over millennia. There are around 300 identified caves all up, containing amazing rock columns, caverns, stalactites and stalagmites. Notably, they are also home to luminous native glow worms. The visual effect is striking: twinkling grottos, the appearance of starry ceilings and walls within the caves.
Innovative locals have built on the natural offerings that Waitomo has to offer and devised no shortage of adventurous ways to explore these subterranean marvels. The most straightforward way to visit the caves is on a walking tour at Ruakuri Cave, on which you’ll hear about the myths and legends surrounding the area. Or take a gentle boat cruise through the caves, floating through the darkness to commentary on the caves and their history.
Alternatively, the caves can be seen from an inflatable rubber tube on the water, via a blackwater rafting expedition. Feeling particularly daring? You can even zip line or abseil through the Waitomo Caves. These adrenaline packed options can take up to a full day as you squeeze around corners and through narrow passages. These trips are actually surprisingly accessible, as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness and a game attitude!
There’s plenty to see above ground, too. The nearby Mangapohue Natural Bridge features an impressive 17 metre limestone arch; at night this track lights up with luminescent glow worms. A walkway near the Waitomo Museum of Caves leads you past a smattering of outlandish rock formations and outcrops.
Just an hour out of Hamilton via rental car, the Waitomo Caves are easily reachable for an adventurous day out.
B - Waikato Museum
The Waikato Museum (Te Whare Taonga o Waikato) lies in the centre of Hamilton’s cultural precinct, disseminating tales from around the region. More than 28,000 items are housed within the Waikato Museum, across the fields of science, art, and social history. Collections contain important artifacts and treasures dating back to early Maori and European settler history.
There are five key areas in the Waikato Museum. There is an art gallery, a Waikato River exhibition, science galleries, a WW1 collection called For Us They Fell, and Maori galleries. Highlights of the Maori collections include an imposing and ornately carved war canoe named Te Winika, as well as exhibits around the legacy of traditional weaving. Don’t miss Never A Dull Moment, an entertaining take on the history of Hamilton, and the current touring exhibition named Da Vinci Mechanics. Art, architecture and photography are all covered off as well. Younger ones will be entertained by the museum’s interactive science galleries like Exscite and Planet Warriors. There are admission charges for certain exhibitions.
Located along Grantham St in central Hamilton, on the banks of the river, the Waikato Museum is close to our rental depot. There is a lot of public art around the museum’s building, too. The nearby Ripples sculpture represents a stone hitting water, hanging above the river bank and dropping down from the trees. Next to the river below the museum is what’s known as the Koru Family sculpture, crafted from Hinuera stone. And rich wooden carvings are found adorning the museum’s own roof, toward the river side.
C - Hamilton Gardens
Escape the bustle of the city by heading to the bucolic Hamilton Gardens and embark on a journey of discovery along these well manicured paths.
There are 21 themed garden areas, ranging from Chinese Scholar to Italian Renaissance and everything in between. The gardens fall into five collections. The Paradise collection features many traditional garden styles. The Productive collection looks at the relationships between plants and people. The Fantasy collection is suitably whimsical. The Cultivar collection is about careful cultivation and the Landscape collection includes beautiful landscaping.
Believe it or not, just a few decades ago these gardens were nowhere to be seen and this site was a mere rubbish tip. Today it’s a top destination in the Waikato region, and internationally recognised for its unique approach.
Rather than being a typical botanical garden, Hamilton Gardens has adopted a concept more akin to a museum, exploring the context and significance of gardens throughout time, from around the globe. It recreates historically important garden styles and each individual garden collection offers an insight into other civilisations and their ways of life and culture.
You could easily while away most of the day here. Relax with lunch in the gardens - a highlight is the Te Parapara Garden, which was once the home of a famous Maori chief and is the only traditional Maori garden in New Zealand.
Visiting with children? Pick up a free activity sheet for them – young ones can blaze a discovery trail through the gardens, adventuring from secret corner to secret corner. Tours of the Hamilton Gardens and foreign language guides can be arranged too.
You will find the Hamilton Gardens in central Hamilton along the Waikato River. There are a few different entrances, with parking for your rental car.
D - Zealong Tea Estate
New Zealand has only one tea plantation, and that is the unique Zealong Tea Estate, featuring beautiful views and lush gardens. This one of a kind attraction encompasses a visitor centre, pavilion, and what’s known as the Camellia Tea House.
Zealong tea is organically farmed, with no chemicals or sprays involved during the process. The Waikato’s rich soil and pure air create the perfect combination of conditions, resulting in thick, flavourful and fragrant leaves that are hand picked by expert staff. They are then processed in the on site factory. A single serving of Zealong tea can yield as many as half a dozen separate infusions. Each Zealong pack can be traced back to the block and day of its picking.
Not surprisingly, it was a tea lover who decided to start the country’s sole tea plantation. It began with a few imported seedlings from Taiwan and has now swelled to a 40 hectare estate with thousands of sweet tea plants.
Zealong has enjoyed so much success locally that it has expanded to China, with a flagship store in Beijing. A Harrods deal has also been inked, so expect the Zealong estate to continue prospering and growing even bigger as export demand increases. Prominent figures such as Camilla Parker Bowles and the First Lady of Japan have all had the experience of sampling Zealong tea.
At the Zealong plantation you can learn all about the history of tea and taste the freshest cups of oolong to be had for miles. Indulge in high tea, lunch, or book a traditional tea ceremony experience at the Camellia Teahouse (from Tuesday to Sunday).
The Zealong tea estate is an easy drive from Hamilton in your rental car - just 15 minutes away.
E - Otorohanga Kiwi House
Been itching to see a kiwi? Then head to the native bird park at Otorohanga’s Kiwi House. At the not for profit Kiwi House you can see this nocturnal bird close up at any time of day within special enclosures. At the Night Zone you’ll find great spotted kiwi and little spotted kiwi, which you won’t see anywhere else - complete with burrow cameras.
Kiwi have been bred at Kiwi House in 1971, and other endangered native birds are bred here too. It is run by the Otorohanga Zoological Society, which is wholly devoted to native wildlife conservation. All proceeds go back into the Kiwi House and its breeding programmes.
The Kiwi House also happens to be home to the biggest dome aviary in the country. Walk among the trees and keep your eyes peeled for wood pigeons and waterfowl, kea and kaka. Here you’ll find tuatara, a unique and ancient type of reptile, on display, plus geckos and skinks.
Along with the nocturnal kiwi houses, enclosures and walk through aviary, at this native park there are ponds and wetlands - a full gamut of environments. Bring the whole family and spend a few hours wandering around the grounds.
Entry includes keeper talks, as well as feeding displays at the hands of Kiwi House staff. There are several feeding times for kiwi, kea, kaka and kakariki at regular intervals throughout the days, as well as for eels and blue ducks. Keepers will dispense lots of fascinating facts about the animals and answer any questions from the audience. It’s a surprisingly intimate experience!
The Kiwi House is located in the town of Otorohanga, which is easily reached in your rental car in just under an hour from Hamilton.
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