• Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Winner 2013 – 2017
  • 27 Lorne Street, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • +64 7 843 9912
  • info@argenthamilton.co.nz

Hamilton based motel, Argent Motor Lodge recommends the Waikato Museum. 


Just a five-minute drive from the award-winning motel Argent Motor Lodge in Hamilton is one the region's premier arts and culture experiences - the Waikato Museum.

Waikato Museum (Te Whare Taonga o Waikato) is set on the banks of the Waikato River, in the heart of Hamilton's cultural precinct. It has 13 indoor galleries, including a hands-on science gallery for children.

"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," says Graeme Hunt, owner of Argent Motor Lodge.

Take a trip through the history of this great city and spend an afternoon touring through the Waikato Museum, its free entry proves that it is something that shouldn't be missed. "Located in the town centre, spend the afternoon at the museum before treating yourself to dinner at Hamilton's numerous restaurants," advises Graeme.

For history lovers, Waikato Museum feature exhibitions that tell the stories of the Waikato region sit alongside both national and international touring displays. "For first time visitors to the region, Waikato Museum is a great place to start your journey," adds Graeme.

Waikato Museum is also great for children of all ages as they will happily spend hours in total absorption in the Exscite interactive science gallery. The changing exhibitions bring the Waikato region's stories to life, with a focus on the culture and engaging hands-on experiences. Waikato Museum makes learning a lot of fun.

Current exhibitions at Waikato Museum:

  • ·Selling the Dream: Classic New Zealand Tourism Posters: 10 April - 16 July 2017
  • ·The Callaghans: Portrait of a Colonial Family: 29 April - 30 July 2017
  • ·Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs: 13 May - 13 August 2017
  • ·Cotswolds to Cappadocia: David Fowler: 2 June - 16 July 2017
  • ·Thank You Melvin Day: 16 June - 17 September 2017
  • ·Te Winika
  • ·Exscite
  • ·For Us They Fell: Waikato WW1 Centenary Exhibition
  • ·Te Whaanau Maarama: The Heavenly Bodies
  • ·Milk Matters: Towards Sustainable Dairying

About Waikato Museum:

  • ·The Waikato Museum building won two awards from the New Zealand Institute of Architects: 1988 NZIA Waikato Branch Award and 1989 NZIA National Award.
  • ·Hamilton City and the surrounding districts were developed on the traditional lands of several of Waikato Tainui hapu. Below the area where this museum now stands there was a waka landing site that was called Te Korokoro.
  • ·Winner Tourism Award, Hamilton Central Business Awards 2016
  • ·Since the year 2000, Waikato Museum has hosted the National Contemporary Art Award. The award, held annually is curated by a new judge every year and culminates in an annual exhibition which documents a snapshot of New Zealand contemporary art.
  • ·Waikato Museum in its current building was opened in 1987. The architect was the late Ivan Mercep of JASMaD (now Jasmax), Auckland, the same architect who went on to design New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa.

About Argent Motor Lodge:

Based in Hamilton, Argent Motor Lodge is right next door to Waikato Hospital and only a few minutes' drive to the City Centre, cycle trails and the world-famous, award-winning Hamilton Gardens. Accommodation ranges from 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)

Email: info@argenthamilton.co.nz

Website: www.argenthamilton.co.nz

Facebook: www.facebook.com/argentmotorlodge

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