With the Christmas holidays creeping up on us ever so quickly, now is the time plan your Waikato holiday. When you base yourself at Hamilton's award-winning Argent Motor Lodge, No. 1 on Trip Advisor, you are centrally located to a number of Waikato's top attractions and activities.
Here are the team at Argent Motor Lodge favourite things to do in the Waikato.
The multi award-winning gardens host more than a million visitors each year. Visiting the gardens is free, wheelchair accessible and open from 7:30 each morning. "Visitors can attend the many events held at the gardens in the summer including music, poetry and food or take a gentle stroll through the 21 themed gardens," advises Graeme Hunt, owner Argent Motor Lodge in Hamilton.
Take advantage of the warmer weather by taking some time for family visit to Hamilton Zoo! Hamilton zoo is a perfect trip for a day out with the kids or a little alone time to appreciate the animals of the world. "Located on the outskirts of Dinsdale, Hamilton zoo is an ideal way to see the world without leaving the city," adds Greame.
Hamilton Lake Domain
Just a short walk from Argent Motor Lodge is Hamilton Lake Domain. Covering 3.8km, the Hamilton Lake (also known as Lake Rotoroa) walkway includes beautiful lakeside views, grassed parklands perfect for a picnic, a boardwalk section, playgrounds and a café.
New Zealand's only tea plantation, Zealong - located in Gordonton 10km north-east of Hamilton - is the ultimate experience in tea tasting at a scenic location. Its location is perfect, being out in the beautiful countryside meaning that tasters can go away from the busy city to its serene location and relax while tasting high quality teas.
Classic Car Museum
Only a ten-minute drive from the Argent Motor Lodge, the Classic Car Museum is home to more than 100 classic cars and all the petrol memorabilia imaginable; enamel signs, pumps, tins and oil bottles and more. With a 1950's style diner attached to the museum, the Classic Car Museum is the perfect destination for day out with the family,
Hamilton city has two trampoline parks. Jump and Leap make is possible for all ages to have fun leaping around these indoor trampoline parks.
Just a quick five-minute drive from the Argent Motor Lodge is one the region's premier arts and culture experiences, the Waikato Museum. The Waikato Museum hosts more than 100 events a year and opens a new exhibition every two weeks, so there is always something new and interesting to see,
Take a trip down to Claudelands Barn, Brooklyn Road, Claudelands for the Hamilton Farmers' Market any Sunday morning between 8am and 12pm. You'll will find a wide variety of products including fresh local fruits and vegetables, hand-crafted breads and pastries, artisan butchers and fish mongers
Can't decide to what to have for dinner on a Saturday? Every Saturday the K-Mart car park turns into the Hamilton Night Market from 5pm to 11pm. This family-friendly market features stalls with food from all around the world.
Featuring Hamilton's only Tenpin bowling alley, SKYCITY Hamilton provides hours of family entertainment all under one roof, with cafes and restaurants to refuel afterwards.
Blastacars Drift Karts
Blastacars is not your usual go kart experience. Blastacars are hand crafted, powerful karts that drift on purpose built, indoor tracks. They also have BBQ areas, party areas, vending machines, arcade games and other free games.
The Waikato region is a delightful place to spend your holidays. With an abundance of things to do and activities, you will never be bored.
About Argent Motor Lodge
Argent Motor Lodge is the closest motel to Waikato Hospital and closely situated to Braemar Hospital and only a few minutes' drive to the City Centre, cycle trails and the world-famous, award-winning Hamilton Gardens. Accommodation ranges from studios and one bedroom apartments to family apartments, with wheelchair-accessible facilities and fully equipped kitchens.
Contact Argent Motor Lodge:
Address: 27 Lorne Street, Hamilton, New Zealand
Phone: +64 7 843 9912/0800 275 676 (toll free within New Zealand)
Phone: 0274 587 724