School holiday checklist

Saturday 24 April 2021

Start your Waikato adventure in Hamilton

We’re in the midst of the school holidays and you might feel like you’re running out of ideas to entertain the whaanau. Take a look at the checklist below and don’t miss out on any of these Hamilton highlights:

Hamilton Gardens

We’re open every day from 7.30am. Entry is free and parking is free. Need directions? Use this link to find us on Google Maps.

  • Have you sung your heart out on the stage at the playground?
  • Have you seen the big gate in the Surrealist Garden?
  • Have you found the tiny door hidden in the Gardens?

For more information, take a look at our Visit Hamilton Gardens page.

Waikato Museum

We’re open daily from 10am to 5pm. Entry is free. Admission fee applies to the Galileo exhibition and Exscite. There’s a special combo deal for same-day admission to Galileo and Exscite. Find us here.

  • Have you checked out the world premiere of ‘Galileo - Scientist, Astronomer, Visionary’?
  • Have you been to the powerful exhibition ‘Where Children Sleep’?
  • When was the last time you had the time of your life in our fun-filled science gallery Exscite?

For more information, visit

Hamilton Zoo

We’re open every day from 9.30am-4.30pm. Zoo admission rates apply. Need directions? Find us here.

  • Have you met our new cheetah boys?
  • Have you heard the siamang call?
  • Have you caught a glimpse of baby chimpanzee Kendi or Cape Porcupine Ingozi?

For more information, visit


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