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School holiday solutions: It’s easy to ‘Find Your Fun’ in Hamilton Kirikiriroa

12 September 2023

Whaanau-friendly activities are easy to find these school holidays, thanks to a collaborative activity guide and website produced by three of Hamilton’s best-loved visitor destinations, Hamilton Gardens, Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga O Waikato, and Hamilton Zoo at Te Kaaroro Nature Precinct.

Parents and caregivers can take their pick of entertaining events ranging from princess sing-alongs to hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) workshops.

Hamilton City Council Visitor Destinations Unit Director Lee-Ann Jordan said the collaborative approach aligns with Council’s vision to make Hamilton Kirikiriroa a more attractive, safe, and liveable city.

“Our destinations are looking forward to welcoming visitors and their whaanau these holidays and showing them a great time,” she said.

“It’s a fantastic time of year to make the most of what our city facilities offer, from admiring the animals at the Zoo and enjoying Exscite at the Museum, to visiting Hamilton Gardens where spring is in full bloom.”

Hamilton Zoo will host a series of pop-up events featuring everything from blossoming stilt walkers to live performances by the Talents of the Pacific Academy. Visitors can also explore Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park, the lush 60ha reserve located across the road from the Zoo in Te Kaaroro Nature Precinct.

Waikato Museum has partnered with Bricks 4 Kidz to run a school holiday programme that encourages fresh thinking and creativity with LEGO®. There’s also the ever-popular offering at Exscite, the Museum’s interactive centre for discovery that was revamped earlier this year.

At the award-winning Hamilton Gardens, Harold the Giraffe from Hamilton Life Education Trust will be making a celebrity appearance. There’s also an enticing giveaway of free ice-creams thanks to support from the Hamilton Gardens Café and Tip Top.

The ‘Find Your Fun’ activity guide also features events held in conjunction with Hamilton City Libraries, Hamilton Pools, and Nature in the City, rounding out a diverse range of daily activities.

The activity guide is available as a printed schedule, a downloadable PDF document, or as an interactive calendar on the website

Information will also be shared on each destinations’ social media channels.

The fun kicks off at Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton Zoo and Waikato Museum on Saturday 23 September and runs throughout the school holidays until Sunday 8 October.



For te reo Maaori, Hamilton City Council and its facilities uses double vowels (uu) in place of vowels with a macron (ū) to represent a long vowel sound. This spelling approach is the preference of tangata whenua in Hamilton Kirikiriroa and Waikato iwi for te reo Maaori words.