Waikato, Family Activities


  • Waitomo Adventures – which will you choose?

    Seven unique ADVENTURE options in one breathtaking location - What will you choose? We are the experts - let us guide you deep underground with the aid of ropes, zip lines, tubes a... read more

  • Ages 7+

    Perplexity Escape Rooms

    Looking for a fun family activity to do in Hamilton? Look no further than Perplexity ~ guaranteed to be an hour of fun, interactive and perplexing entertainment! Perplexity is a re... read more

  • Ages 1+

    Troll Cave – Waitomo Adventures

    A surreal underground adventure for all ages. Your mission is to use your stealth, cunning and survival instincts to navigate Tom’s (The Troll's) underground lair, solve his riddle... read more

  • River Riders E Bike and Bike Rentals

    Take the effort out of touring and see the sights of 'The Mighty Waikato' and beyond with a quality e-bike or bike of your choice. We have an extensive range of bikes to pick from, including the 3G Stepper Bike 'Fitness on the Go'.
    Hire includes all you need to get on your bike and go - helmets, bike locks, safety vest and cycle trail map along with expert local knowledge on where to stop along the way. Collect from our central Hamilton store or from the northern end/start of the Te Awa River Ride in Ngaruawahia.

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  • Kiwi House and Native Bird Park

    The Kiwi House is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of New Zealand’s wildlife. Visitors will see kiwi on their guided tour of the nocturnal house.. New Zealand’s largest aviary, rare native birds and live tuataras. The Park has picnic facilities.

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  • Stonehill Horse Trek

    Do you want to experience a fantastic landscape with its wild animals on the back of a horse?
    Then we invite you to discover our farm of over 1500acres!
    Situated in the beautiful Owairaka Valley, this magical experience will take you on a journey amongst grand rhyolite volcanic boulders, passed countless charming streams and infinite green rolling hills, in order to give you the ultimate taste of the Waikato region.
    Throughout the trip, this Farmland may display its unique array of semi-wild animals such as wild goats, turkeys, pheasants, black swans, Canadian geese and fallow deer.
    We cater to all riding abilities from complete beginners to experienced riders.

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  • Waitomo Farm Tours

    From Waitomo village the whole trip (1/2 hour and a 1 hour options) is aboard our Viking All Terrain Vehicle.
    Our extended tours combine on road travel to various venues by van or bus and access to sheep and dairy farm attractions and scenic views with our specialist off road vehicle.YAMAHA VIKING
    Our new 6-seater Yamaha Viking, with its 686cc powered engine & electronic power steering can comfortably handle almost any terrain..
    Our guides will show you unique stunning breathtaking scenery in these super capable and exciting machines. The innovative seat layout allows 5 passengers and guide to comfortably enjoy the exciting ride.

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  • Ages 4+

    CamJet – Cambridge Jet Boat Tours

    Speeding up the Mighty Waikato in a 350 hp V8 Jet Boat is going to get the adrenaline flowing and faces smiling.

    A unique opportunity to visit the Karapiro Dam, see amazing native bush and wildlife. Ideal for whole families, work group, friends, anyone who likes adventure, adrenaline, speed and pristine scenery.

    Choose a 15, 30 or 45 Minute Tour – experience fast and furious spins and slides, rapids and two waterfalls

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  • Hairy Feet Waitomo

    Visit the Piopio film location for "The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey" just 45 minutes south of the famous Waitomo Caves.
    Come and see why Denize Bluffs, a farm location in the Mangaotaki Valley near Piopio Village, was chosen by Sir Peter Jackson and why it received more screen time than any other location in New Zealand.
    Daily minivan tours take you on a journey through unusual rock formations to spectacular limestone cliffs and primeval native New Zealand forest.
    Stand in the actors' footsteps, have your photograph taken with 'Sting', hear all about the film-making process and enjoy being on a beautiful New Zealand working farm.

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  • RIverlea Theatre

    Add a cultural experience your children will remember when you visit Hamilton, with affordable tickets to a live show. At Riverlea Theatre we have productions running most months, and these vary between musicals, drama and comedy. There's a children's musical staged each January school holidays with morning, afternoon and evening shows, and our productions throughout the year feature evening and matinee performances, with dinner and show options on the weekends. Productions for 2017 include Seussical Junior, Noises Off, Oklahoma and more. You can tell if our production is family-friendly, by checking out whether we offer children's pricing or family discounts on our iticket listing. We also offer Stagecraft classes with excellent tutors teaching drama, musical theatre and technical skills during term time; find out more by phoning Jane on 0800 800 192.

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    • Phone: 07 856 5450
    • Location: 83 Riverlea Road,
      Hillcrest, Hamilton
  • Bowl and Social

    For an experience jam-packed with fun for all ages, head up to Bowl and Social! Open daily from 9am and Located on Level 2 of the SKYCITY Hamilton complex, The Bowlevard has Tenpin bowling and Blend Café all under one roof! A great family fun day out.

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    • Phone: 07 838 3926
    • Location: 346 Victoria Street, Hamilton
  • Hilton Brown Swimming School

    Hilton Brown Swimming has been successfully teaching children how to swim since 1973. Infant, pre-school and school aged children all enjoy our focus on fun and technique! A special feature of our methods is continual assessment, which means swimmers are promoted to the next stage as soon as they’re ready. Nobody gets bored and everyone works at the most appropriate learning level. Choose from group lessons, School Holiday Programmes or intensive one-to-one lessons.


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    • Phone: 07 855 8666
    • Location: 12 Queenwood Ave, Queenwood, Hamilton
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Our favourite destinations…

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New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.