Five Hidden Gems in Waikato

Sep 20, 2019
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I don’t know about you but it never ceases to amaze me as to how fast the year has gone. The year is coming to an end, which means exams are just around the corner.

On the bright side, Summer is also just around the corner.


When I first told people I’m going to be moving from Auckland to Hamilton I didn’t hear the end of, “Why are you going to Waikato? There’s nothing to do there.” Sometimes the Mighty Waikato can feel so small, especially when you're from somewhere like Auckland. I learnt that nature never fails to amaze me though. Here are a few of Waikato's hidden gems I've developed a crush on over the years I've been here.


Taitua Arboretum, Hamilton

The Taitua Arboretum spreads across 22 hectares of open spaces, featuring lakes, woodland gardens, birdlife and plenty of picnic spots all linked by a network of walking tracks. The perfect spot for a leisure weekend stroll, family picnic or more active outing. The free attraction is open seven days, from 8 am.


Kawhia Hot Water Beach, Kawhia

This place is hands down one of New Zealand's best-kept secrets. Head down to the Ocean Beach in Kawhia at low tide, find your spot and start digging for an instant natural hot water spa.