Experiences

Top 10 Spring Activities in the Waikato

Make the most of the spring in the Waikato with so much to see and do, check out the top 10 winter activities to do in the Waikato region below:

Jansen Park, Hamilton

1. See Cherry Blossoms

Nothing says Spring like a walk through blossoming cherry trees! From beautiful parks to hidden groves - check out our list of top spots to enjoy cherry blossoms in the Waikato.

Mangapohue Natural Bridge, Waitomo

2. Get Back to Nature

Spring is the perfect time to explore the great outdoors. From short walks such as Mangapohue Natural Bridge and more challenging hikes like Mt Karioi Raglan there are a great range of walks on offer in the region. In Spring, the Taitua Arboretum is filled with blossoms – perfect for a long walk on a warm spring day. Search the many walks on offer here.

Te Awa River Ride

3. Pedal Power

Ride one of the great cycle trails on offer in the Waikato region including the Timber Trail, Te Awa River Ride, Hauraki Rail Trail and many more including local mountain bike parks. Search all the cycle tracks and trails on offer in the Waikato here or download our guide to Waikato Cycle Trails.

Hamilton Zoo

4. Animal Encounters

Nothing says spring like baby animals. The Waikato region offers many opportunities to get up close with a variety of native and exotic wildlife. Get to know the animals at Hamilton Zoo or view native Kiwi in its nocturnal enclosure at the Otorohanga Kiwi House. Experience the ultimate alpaca experience with one of Cornerstone Alpaca Farm Tours, where you can meet and feed cute alpacas. Visit Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari in the morning and you may be able to spot one of the many native birdlife that are abundant on the mountain.

Hobbiton Movie Set

5. Experience the Middle-earth Movie Magic in Full Bloom

Spring is the most beautiful time of year to take a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set when gardens are in full flower. Gain a first-hand insight into filming and the way things looked when shooting was in full swing and get up close with over 17 hobbit holes from the film, including Bag End, Samwise Gamgee’s house and more.

Zealong Tea Estate

6. Foodie Delights

Visit one of the region’s many farmers’ markets for fresh local produce where you can pick up a punnet of strawberries or some fresh asparagus spears. Or you can enjoy the spring weather with a High Tea at Zealong Tea Estate just north of Hamilton or visit award-winning Waikato restaurants.

Wairere Falls Matamata

7. Spot Waterfalls

Spring is the best time to explore the magnificent Waikato Waterfalls. From the spectacular 55m high Bridal Veil Falls near Raglan, to the impressive Wairere Falls near Matamata or the Marokopa Falls just outside Waitomo. Explore Waikato Waterfalls here.

Free Attractions in Waikato, Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Gardens

8. Outdoor Activities

Get inspired by the splash of colours in Spring at Hamilton Gardens. Spend time exploring the award-winning Hamilton Gardens to discover different civilisations and historically important garden styles from the farthest reaches of the world.

Explore The Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum, one of New Zealand’s largest outdoor galleries along the park’s 2km art-in-nature trail. Art installations are set amongst a landscape of ponds, cliffs, rocks, flowering shrubs and trees created from a former quarry.

Race your friends on the go-karts at Hampton Downs. Or head over to coastal town of Raglan and have a go at surfing with Raglan Surf School or rock climbing and caving with Raglan Rock.

The Timber Trail

9. Underground Wonders

The awe-inspiring Waitomo Caves are a great ‘all-weather’ option during the rainy weather this spring. There are plenty of options on offer, from gentle boat rides under galaxies of twinkling glowworms in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, walking tours of limestone formations to abseiling down into The Lost World and ziplining through the darkness or joining a black water rafting tour.

Waikato Museum

10. Indoor Activities:

Just in case the weather doesn’t play ball, there are a variety of indoor activity options including ten-pin bowling at SkyCity Hamilton and interactive exhibitions at Waikato Museum. Catch a movie at Hoyts at Te Awa, The Base, burn off some energy on an indoor rock climbing wall or trampoline park, or visit the Classics Museum with over 100 classic cars on display along with a variety of petrol memorabilia.