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 Spring! It's just magic!

Accommodation

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

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

13-28 April: 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

13 - 28 April: Kids go Free Special - Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. Kids go FREE into Te Tūī a Tāne, southern enclosure from Saturday, 13th of April - Sunday, 28th of April. Enter the colouring competition for a chance to win one of three awesome prize packs. Additionally, bring in your colouring competition entry and receive a 20% discount on a Tautari Wetland Guided tour. More information

15-26 April: Bricks 4 Kidz school holiday programme - Waikato Museum. Experience LEGO® like never before at Waikato Museum! This epic holiday programme is perfect for children aged 5 to 12 years old. More information

15 - 28 April: School Holiday Special Pancake Making Station - Maakona, ibis Hamilton Tainui. Enjoy a fun, interactive pancake-making station in the buffet, complete with toppings galore. More information

15 - 26 April: School Holiday Special - Hampton Downs Go-Karts. Enjoy one session for $45pp or two sessions for $79pp every Monday - Thursday! Redeem codes, Holiday45 or GK2FOR79. Book online

15 - 28 April: School Holiday Special - Restaurant on Alma, Novotel Hamilton Tainui. Enjoy 2x family pizzas, fries for the table, sundaes for children and drinks for 4 for only $65. Offer based on 2 adults & 2 children (under 16 years). More information

15 - 26 April: Magical Creatures School Holiday Programme - Cambridge Library. Join us weekday mornings during the April school holidays from 10.30 – 11.30am in the Cambridge children’s library. More information

15 - 26 April: School Holiday Mini Golf at Chartwell - Chartwell Shopping Centre. Bring the family along for some good ol' fashioned fun at our Glow-in-the Dark mini golf course. More information

15 - 26 April: Palette Pursuit - Kids Scavenger Hunt - Confinement Escape Rooms. Bring the family together and head over to Confinement Escape Rooms for our exciting new outdoor game, Palette Pursuit. More information

15 - 26 April: April School Holidays at Waikato District Libraries. Waikato District Libraries have all your April School Holiday entertainment sorted with free events at the libraries. More information

16 - 18 April: Sculpture and 3D Character Design Holiday Programme - Waikato Society of Arts. Want to gain a valuable new skill? Come along and learn how to sculpt with polymer clay! More information

16 - 17 April: Cupcake Decorating Classes - Sweet Pea Parties, Hamilton. Sweet Pea Parties offers a range of cupcake decorating classes for all abilities in their dedicated decorating classroom. More information

16 April: Bat Fun Day - April School Holidays - Go Eco, Hamilton. Calling all you Bat Fans! - it's time for a FREE BAT-ASTIC Fun Day these April school holidays. More information

22 - 23 April: Punnet Kids Club - Punnet Eatery, Tamahere. Exciting workshops for your little ones. More information

Top Activities

top pick Discover Waitomo
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Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

The Waitomo region is home to unforgettable sightseeing attractions. Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 125 years of cultural and natural history. Our expert guides will draw you into this awesome environment, sharing the Caves' historical and geological significance. World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list. More than 30 million years ago, the legend of Waitomo began with the creation of limestone at the bottom of the ocean. Now these limestone formations stand as one of New Zealand's most inspiring natural wonders and a must-see destination.
top pick Hobbiton Movie Set
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Matamata

Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tours

Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Your guided tour starts with a drive through our picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Take a look at Bag End, where Frodo and Bilbo’s adventures began. Get lost among the hobbit holes and visit the Green Dragon Inn, the mill and the Party Tree. Listen to spell-binding tales of how Hobbiton came to be. Tours depart daily from the Shire's Rest Cafe, 501 Buckland Road Matamata.
top pick Avantidrome
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Cambridge

Grassroots Trust Velodrome

Experience riding on a velodrama with our Have A Go sessions. An accredited coach will fit you with a bike and helmet and will expertly guide you through your session on the track. The session is one hour in duration and no matter what skill or fitness level you are, our coaches are experienced in tailoring your experience that’s safe but challenging enough just for you. Bike, helmet and coach provided.
top pick Hamilton Waikato Tourism
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Gordonton

Woodlands Estate - Homestead, Gardens, Venue, Cafe

Welcoming Guests Through Our Doors Since 1872. Woodlands Estate was established as a 98,000-acre estate purchased from The Crown by The Piako Swamp Company for 2/6 (25 cents) an acre. The Homestead, restored to its former glory, was initially built as a Manager's residence between 1875 and 1881. It is primarily made of Kauri and still features some original weatherboards and roof iron. Woodlands Estate is looked after by a not-for-profit trust, with the gardens being well-maintained by the Waikato District Council. The overall historic and aesthetic value of the homestead and gardens has been maintained thanks to generous donations and voluntary time. The Trust extends its gratitude for the generous support of the community over the years.