Facts - About one hour’s drive from Auckland is the city of Hamilton, New Zealand’s largest inland city with a population of around 159,000. Named Hamilton after Captain John Hamilton, the city was originally the site of a handful of Maori villages. Located in the middle of the Waikato, Hamilton is built around the longest river in New Zealand, the Waikato, which connects Hamilton to the ocean. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in this city, with its large student population, and there is plenty to see and do, including the beautiful themed gardens, the Museum and Theatre and the Zoo which is set in landscaped gardens and is home to over 400 exotic birds and animals. The Waikato (the Maori word for flowing water) is famous for its glowworm caves in Waitomo. Millions of years old and a base for black-water rafting and abseiling, the caves offer the opportunity for the less adventurous as well, with tours through the caves to wonder at the beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. The Waikato also has stunning waterfalls, landscapes and beaches to explore. Visit the unique Kiwi Culture Show or the Kiwi House and Bird Park at Otorohanga. Whether it’s the countryside, beach or wildlife you are interested in, the Waikato has something to offer everybody. Raglan On the west coast and 45 minutes away from Hamilton is Raglan, a small harbour town with plenty of outdoor entertainment. Although famous for its great surfing beaches, Raglan is also well known for its black sand beaches and has the best and safest swimming for children in the area. Take a walk to spectacular Bridal Veil Falls or enjoy fishing, kayaking or mountain biking in one of the most unspoilt places in New Zealand.
WAIKATO FAMILY ACCOMMODATION We've researched dozens of accommodation options for your family travel to New Zealand. Whether you're heading for a hotel, campground, holiday park, motel, holiday home, self catering apartments or kiwi farmstay, we list options that welcome famiiles. Check out our great 'family stuff' pages for heaps of extras offered by the accommodation on these pages. NOTE Where nightly rates have been specified, these are minimum prices based on accommodation for 2 adults plus one extra. Prices do vary, depending on the time of year, length of stay and seasonal offers. This is a guide only. All establishments recommend booking ahead. We advise you to personally contact establishments for up to date information to suit the accommodation needs of your family.
Hamilton Holiday Parks and Campgrounds
Hamilton Holiday Homes
Hamilton Bed and Breakfasts
- 20 Huiputea Drive, Otorohanga
- +64 7 873 7253
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Enjoy a friendly stay at the newest holiday park in the King Country / Waitomo region, and only a 15 minute drive from the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Blackwater Rafting Adventures. Accommodation options include park motels and self-contained units, ideal for a family, as well as powered sites. Self-contained units have their own kitchen and bathroom, and are fully set up, and serviced daily. On-site facilities are set up for children - lots of space to play, children's playground with jumping pillow and younger children's trampoline (conveniently set up close to accommodation units), brand new indoor under 5s playroom, TV lounge with XBox available plus library and huge BBQ/picnic area. For the grown ups we also have a fully-equipped fitness centre, power vibe studio, vertical sunbed, sauna and smoothie/juice bar. All just walking distance from restaurants and shops, 5 minutes from New Zealand's largest public collection of native birds and 16km to the Waitomo Caves.... more