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School Holidays Fun

Explore the Mighty Waikato these school holidays with a great range of family friendly activities and attractions.

BEST FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN THE WAIKATO

Make the most of family outings and holidays with the abundance of family-friendly activities in the Waikato, whether it’s urban adventures, the great outdoors, water experiences or getting up close and personal with wildlife.

Experiences

the Waikato region has a range of activities and attractions to suit all ages and tastes - from surfing world-class breaks and crawling through caves to wine tasting and heritage trails.

Free Attractions

The diverse Waikato region provides an abundance of free activities and attractions so you can experience the wonders and hidden gems of the region on any budget.

Eat & Drink

Fresh and local products and produce is best and the Waikato region is the place to make the most of some of New Zealand’s best. Enjoy award-winning cheese and wine, sample fresh produce such as asparagus or blueberries, browse at the numerous farmers markets, and dine at top cafes and restaurants.

Hot Deals

Grab a deal or discount on everything from activities & entertainment to accommodation and dining in the Waikato region.

Top Deals

  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves

    Create magical memories at Waitomo as Kids Go FREE these school holidays. Use promo code KGFAPRIL at checkout to book. Valid between 24.03 - 1.05.22. One child goes FREE per paying adult.

  • Hamilton Zoo

    Save up to $24 off individual tickets with this special entry price of just $75, which covers two adults and up to four children (aged 3yrs-15yrs).

  • Bowl and Social

    Spend some family time on the lanes with the family package for a family of 4. The package includes one game of bowling each, two 33cm gourmet pizzas and a large bowl of fries to share for $80.

Things to do

School Holiday Events:

  • Waikato Museum:
  • Bowl and Social: Family package (one game of bowling each, two 33cm gourmet pizzas and a large bowl of fries) from only $80. Book here
  • School holiday fun at the Zoo: All the extra full and excitement runs right through the school holiday. More information.
  • Hamilton Gardens: AR egg hunt 14 April - 1 May. More information.
  • Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari: Kids Go Free from 15 April - 1 May. Book your adult and up to three kids can go free to explore Te Tui a Taane our southern enclosure. More information
  • Free Movie in Garden Place: Night at the Museum - 30 April at 6.30 pm. More information
  • Confinement Escape Rooms:
  • Lilliputt Fun Zone:
    • Escape Room + Laser Tag promo for only $34.50 pp
    • Escape Room + Mini gold promo from $38.50 pp
    • Escape Room + Virtual Reality promo for only 41 pp Book here
  • Escape HQ: 25% Off These School Holidays. Book online using the code HOLS25 www.escapehq.co.nz
  • Hamilton City Libraries School holiday programme: Learn more about activity-based programmes with different themes open to all school aged kids here
  • BBQ's & More: Kids Burger Battle Royal competition on 23 April. More information here
  • The Pottery Studio: Playful and Fun School Holiday programme for kids. Check timetable here. More information here
  • Mexico: Kids eat free on Sundays. More information here
  • Velodrome: School Holiday – Learn to Ride Track Cycling sessions. More information here
  • The Base Shopping Centre: Go Bananas is the pear-fect way to entertain the kids these holidays! Go Bananas is the pear-fect way to entertain the kids these holidays! More information here

Free Attractions

From meandering through stunning gardens to discovering picturesque waterfalls and climbing to mountaintop views - there are plenty of free attractions to enjoy in the Mighty Waikato.

  • Waiorongomai Valley: Step back into gold mining history as you explore the Waiorongomai Valley in Te Aroha
  • Wairere Falls: Walk the Wairere Falls track near Matamata for stunning views of the falls and out over the region
  • Otorohanga Kiwiana Walk: Pick up a quiz sheet from the Otorohanga i-SITE and look for clues on the Ed Hillary walkways
  • Hamilton Gardens: Download and follow the Hamilton Gardens Children's Discovery Trail activity sheet
  • Mangaokewa Scenic Reserve: Explore the attractive bush walk to the Cascade Waterfalls
  • Hamilton Lake Domain: Stroll around the lake and let the kids loose on the playground
  • Hakarimata Walkway: Visit ancient Kauri trees, tackle the summit stairs or try the family friendly rail trail track
  • Gallagher Bike Skills Park: Helps your children to learn essential bike skills in a safe environment
  • Mokena Geyser: Watch the world's only naturally hot soda water geyser erupt every 40 minutes in Te Aroha - while you are there check out the free foot pools in the domain
  • Cycle Trails: From the banks of the Waikato River to the ancient Pureora Forest, there are many cycle trails to enjoy. Download our Waikato cycle trails guide for families here
  • Plus much more

Things to see and do

From underground adventure and Middle-earth movie magic to wildlife encounters and inn-city fun - there are plenty of great activities to enjoy this autumn.

Indoor Activities:

  • Bowl & Social at SkyCity HamiltonCheck out SkyCity Hamilton's Bowl & Social for ten pin bowling, great food and timezone games.
  • Waikato MuseumWith top art, history and interactive kids exhibitions the Waikato Museum is a perfect indoor activity for the entire family.

Outdoor Activities:

  • Waitomo Glowworm CavesVisit the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves and gaze in awe at the galaxy of glowworms. 
  • Hobbiton Movie SetDiscover movie magic with a guided tour through the permanent set as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies.
  • Hamilton GardensExplore the award-winning Hamilton Gardens and discover different civilisations and historically important garden styles from the farthest reaches of the world.
  • Waitomo Adventures: Get your adrenaline pumping with a zipline, abseil or black water rafting trip with Waitomo Adventures, or try their family friendly tour, the Troll Cave.
  • Sanctuary Mountain MaungatautariDiscover walks through native forest for close encounters with birdlife and reptiles.
  • Hamilton Zoo: Home to over 600 native and exotic animals and set amidst 25ha of lush and tranquil surroundings, Hamilton Zoo is the destination for a memorable day out.
  • Hampton DownsChallenge friends and family to a few laps of go-karting at Hampton Downs and get the blood pumping with a V8 Muscle Car or Supercar experience.
  • Raglan Surf SchoolLearn to surf on Raglan's world-famous left-hand surf breaks.
  • Go Skydive: Get your adrenaline pumping with a skydive from up to 13,000ft, providing stunning views of the Waikato region below.
  • Raglan Rock: Climb, abseil, jump off waterfalls, day or night, surround yourself with glowworms, go caving underground or explore some of Raglan's local climbing areas.
  • CaveWorld: Escape the crowds and enjoy a magical Waitomo glowworm cave experience.
  • The Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum: Take a walk along the beautiful 2km art-in-nature trail and discover more than 100 sculptures and rare trees along the way. 
  • Cornerstone Alpaca Stud: Experience the ultimate alpaca experience with one of Cornerstone Alpaca Farm Tours, where you can meet and feed beautiful alpacas.
  • Zealong Tea EstateTreat yourself to a high tea overlooking the stunning tea plantation.
  • Plus much more.