School Holiday Fun

  1. Visitors
  2. Things to do
  3. Family Fun
  4. School Holidays
Discover something new and explore the hidden gems of the Waikato with your family this Winter! It's just magic!


From Out Of Town? From inner city hotels and motels to lodges and holiday parks, the region boasts a range of accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes.
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Hamilton Airport

From Out Of Town? With direct flights daily from Wellington, Christchurch and more, it's easy for the extended family to fly to the Waikato for a visit.
Hamilton Airport

Hertz Hamilton

From Out Of Town? Conveniently located at Hamilton Airport, you can hop off the plane and grab a rental car from Hertz.
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Waikato Hot Deals

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

1 - 21 July: Six Extinctions - Waikato Museum. Get face to face with some of history’s largest and deadliest predators in Six Extinctions. More information

1 - 21 July: Exscite - Interactive centre for discovery at Waikato Museum, Hamilton. It's a hands-on space where tamariki can play and learn through tactile and immersive surroundings. More information

5 - 19 July: Movie Night at the Museum, Waikato Museum, Hamilton. Enjoy a movie night alongside the deadly predators of Six Extinctions! This after-hours event includes entry to Six Extinctions and a family-friendly movie screening. More information

8 - 19 July: Bricks 4 Kidz school holiday programme, Waikato Museum, Hamilton. Experience LEGO® like never before at Waikato Museum! This epic holiday programme is perfect for children aged 5 to 12 years old. More information

8, 10, 15 & 17 July: Library Olympics at Matamata-Piako Libraries.  Come to the Libraries in July for OLYMPIC amounts of fun. Yes, you heard us right, our holiday programme is a mini version of the Paris Olympics in MPD Libraries style. Aimed at children aged 5-13 years, we'll be doing a series of four events. More information

8 - 17 July: Matariki crafts at Waikato Museum, Hamilton. Take some time during the Matariki season to create and craft with your loved ones. More information

8 - 18 July: School Holidays Family Bowling at Bowl & Social, SkyCity Hamilton. Purchase a Family Package between 11am – 6pm on Weekdays from 8 to 19 July and receive one free Jug from the Coca-Cola Fountain, two free Ice Creams, and two hours free parking. More information

11 July: Badjelly the Witch Glow Show at Clarence St Theatre, Hamilton. Badjelly the Witch, the much-loved, utterly loony Spike Milligan classic, is this year’s Glow Show! More information

8 - 21 July: Escape from Troll Cave, Waitomo Adventures. Cave Trolls are very rare and on the highly endangered list…but, you also could become endangered when you go on Troll Patrol. More information

9 - 11 & 16 - 19 July: Kingdom of Night at the Meteor. “Kingdom of Night” is perfect for adventurers, fairytale lovers and friendly wizards! The show is suitable for kids 5-13 years old and those who believe in magic. More information

8 - 19 July: $10 tickets for Despicable Me 4 and Inside out 2 at Lido Cinema - Hamilton. More information

6 - 21 July: DIY banana split funfest at ibis Hamilton Tainui. Come on in and let the kids get creative with their very own banana split. Available midday until late. More information

8 - 19 July: School Holiday Fun at Hamilton City Libraries. Hamilton City Libraries have planned a variety of activities at different library branches, from drawing with acrylic paint to learning macramé. More information

8 - 21 July: Palette Pursuit - Kid's Scavenger Hunt at Confinement. Are you looking for a fun activity to do with the kids? Bring them together and head over to Confinement Escape Rooms for our exciting new outdoor game, PALETTE PURSUIT. More information

6 - 22 July: School Holiday Special at Le Rendez-Vous. t's this time again of the year when we have little ones to keep busy. Why not taking them to the café have a French crêpe for $5? More information

8-9 & 15-16 July: School Holiday Art Workshops for Kids at The Art Studio Hamilton. The Art Studio is hosting a series of special art workshops this school holiday, perfect for kids aged 8-15. More information

6 - 21 July: Pottery School Holiday Program at The Pottery Studio Hamilton. The Pottery studio is a great place for winter holidays. It's a super-duper fun and creative activity for your little ones. More information

8 - 21 July: Winter School Holidays at the Waitomo District Library. More information

6 - 21 July: School Holiday Go Karts at Hampton Downs. Looking for the MOST fun this holidays? Bring the whole family down for spin on the Karts. Enjoy one session for $45pp any day of the week or only $39pp every Friday. Redeem codes, HOLIDAY45 or FRIDAY39 online. More information

8 - 20 July: July School Holiday Fun at Hamilton Pools - Waterworld and Gallagher Aquatic Centre. More information

6 - 21 July: July School Holiday Entertainment at the Sculpture Park. We have school holiday entertainment sorted at the Sculpture Park these school holidays with interactive Project Ruru Workshops, Find the Roosting Ruru game and lots of Creative play fun. More information

9 - 10, 16, 18 July: DIY Donut and Ice Cream Sessions at Hoops & Scoops Te Awamutu. Available to all those young at heart, enjoy a tasty activity of decorating 2x donuts and an ice cream to take home. More information

Top Activities

top pick Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Gardens is the Waikato’s most visited attraction with more than one million visitors each year. Visitors are guided on a journey of discovery along paths delivering mysterious surprises: step from a peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s garden into an Italian Renaissance Garden, before being enthralled by the grandeur of the Indian Char Bagh (‘four quartered’) Garden. Through breath-taking themed garden collections, Hamilton Gardens explores different civilisations, and recreates historically important garden styles from the farthest reaches of the world.
top pick Zealong Tea Estate

Zealong Tea Estate

Experience our popular Signature High Tea curated with a selection of hand-crafted gourmet sweets and savouries or our selection of mains and desserts. Add to your experience with the perfect pairing of Zealong tea to compliment your selection. Whether you enjoy a refreshing green, a floral oolong, or a bold black, we have the perfect tea for you – all organically grown and proudly made in New Zealand. Our menu changes regularly and the images shown on our website will not always show what is available.
top pick Legendary Black Water Rafting Co
Waitomo Caves

Black Labyrinth

What began as a special treat for a brave few has developed into an incredible and unique caving tour that gives visitors the chance to weave, jump, climb, and float through a glowworm-studded subterranean wonderland at Waitomo Caves. Visitors can jump off cascading underground waterfalls as experienced and trained guides take you safely through the stunning underworld of Ruakuri Cave.
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Riverside Adventures Bike Hire and Shuttle Service

You don't need to worry about transport or gear while you're here.

Whether you're on one of our tours or doing your own thing, our shuttle service is available to pick up and drop off any adventurers at any river trail or alternate point in our surrounding areas.

If you're after gear hire, we have you covered too! We've got regular bikes, e-bikes and accessories to really make a day of it.

Shuttle service
- Te Awa River Ride
- Hauraki Rail Trail
- The Timber Trail

Bike & e-Bike Hire
Available from our shop at the Velodrome in Cambridge