From tenpin bowling and interactive exhibitions to mini golf and mineral spas – There are a variety of indoor activity options, perfect for all weather, in the Hamilton & Waikato region.

Bowl & Social

Hamilton's only Tenpin bowling alley, Bowl & Social at SKYCITY Hamilton boasts world-class bowling technology, TimeZone games and a kitchen & bar. This indoor activity is great for family and friend groups, and perfect for the school holidays. 

Bowl & Social SKYCITY Hamilton, NZ
Bowl & Social SKYCITY Hamilton
SKYCITY Hamilton Bowl & Social

Waikato Museum

The Waikato Museum boasts a variety of permanent and changing exhibitions, ranging from art and history to interactive and educational exhibitions perfect for kids of all ages. The newest exhibition, Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs, brings the past back to life with fossilised skeletons and full-size models of the animals that ruled the world millions of years before the age of dinosaurs, in a time known as the Permian.

Waitomo Caves

While it is technically an outdoor activity, when you are deep underground in the Waitomo Caves, it can feel like you are indoors. With a variety of walking tours available, open rain or shine, a caving adventure is an all-weather activity. For the more adventurous, check out the great black water rafting, abseiling and ziplining tours also available in Waitomo. 

Family Activities in Hamilton & Waikato: Waitomo Caves
Waitomo Adventures Haggas Honking Holes
Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Discover Waitomo, New Zealand


The Base Shopping Centre

The Base Shopping Centre

From movie theatres to shopping for everyone in the family, its easy to while away a few hours indoors at one of Hamilton City’s shopping malls, including on of NZ's largest shopping complexes - The Base.

Indoor Rockclimbing

Indoor rockclimbing in Hamilton is a great indoor family friendly activity, suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Te Aroha Mineral Spas, Te Aroha, New Zealand

Te Aroha Mineral Spas

Te Aroha Mineral Spas

Warm up, relax and unwind in the natural mineral waters of the Te Aroha Mineral Spas.

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, Otorohanga, NZ

Otorohanga Kiwi House

Trampoline Parks

With both Jump and Leap in Hamilton City – all ages will have fun leaping around these indoor trampoline parks.

High tea at Zealong, Gordonton, NZ

Zealong Tea Estate

Otorohanga Kiwi House

All day viewing of our native Kiwi in the Otorohanga Kiwi House nocturnal enclosure – plus a variety of other native birdlife.

Gourmet Delights

From high tea at NZ's only tea plantation, Zealong Tea Estate, to locally brewed beer at Good George Brewery and a variety of award winning restaurants and eateries throughout the Waikato - winter if the perfect time to enjoy some gourmet delights.


Located in the same building as Leap, Megazone is an awesome game of laser tag.

Mini Golf

Check out the indoor mini golf course located inside Centre Place in Hamilton, complete with moving animated creatures around the 18-hole course.

Locked Rooms

Perfect for two or more people, Hamilton's locked rooms including Confinement and Perplexity are a challenging yet fun group acitivity.

Regional Museums and Art Galleries

The Hamilton & Waikato region has a variety of great local museums and art galleries dotted around its towns. From the Waitomo Museum of Caves and the Te Awamutu museum to the Wallace Gallery Morrinsville, Arts Post and more – a great indoor activity option.