Family activities in Hamilton

Enjoy a day out with the kids!

Family time creates wonderful memories for your kids and finding an activity to keep everyone entertained is easy in Hamilton. We’ve selected a few of our favourites to inspire you; some are free, while others might be saved for a special occasion. Go to it, enjoy a day of family fun!

HME Miniature Railway

If your kids are obsessed with trains, make sure to take them to ride the miniature railway in the middle of Minogue Park. With two separate tracks, there is over 1.6km of track winding through regenerating native bush, over six bridges and through three tunnels.

Open every Sunday, weather permitting. Check HME's Facebook page for updates.


Waikato Museum

Waikato Museum makes learning fun with a range of family friendly events and activities. You can pick up an I Spy activity sheet if you’re exploring the museum. Kids of all ages can happily spend hours in total absorption in the Exscite interactive science gallery (admission fees apply). Visit their website to see upcoming exhibitions, events and free craft activities.

Hamilton Zoo

Home to over 600 native and exotic animals, Hamilton Zoo is ideal for a memorable family day out. Meet the animals and discover the wonders of the living world in a wildlife sanctuary renowned for its generous habitats. Check out the Meet the Zookeeper talks and learn about animal behaviours, personalities and conservation issues as you watch their feeding or enrichment!

Potter Children's Garden

A strong kowhai theme flows throughout the Potter Children’s Garden in Parana Park. The slide is a kowhai flower, there’s a kowhai leaf-shaped viewing platform looking over the Waikato River and a 300-jet fountain shaped like a kowhai seed. There are also tui chick and egg interactive sculptures and a small amphitheatre and playhouse.

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