The beautiful Waikato region is lucky enough to be full of natural wonders. The multiple award-winning motel, Argent Motor Lodge in Hamilton, is the perfect place to base yourself when you want to get up and close with many of the Waikato's natural attractions.
The local experts at Argent Motor Lodge, which is number one on Trip Advisor, have handpicked their favourite things to do that will allow you to experience the natural beauty of the Waikato.
A popular walking track in the Waikato, Wairere Falls is the highest waterfall in the North Island. This 3.9ks well maintained track will take you just under two hours to walk one way to the top of Wairere Falls. Along the track you will pass through a beautiful grove of nīkau, pūriri and kohekohe, you will then be greeted with remarkable view from the viewing platform. The view of the falls at the platform is spectacular and is well worth the track," recommends Graeme Hunt, owner of Argent Motor Lodge.
Experience the beautiful Waikato countryside on horseback with Stone Hill Horse Trek. Situated in the naturally abundant Owairaka Valley, this trek on their farm of over 1500 acres, will take you pass grand rhyolite volcanic boulders, countless picturesque streams and green rolling hills. You might even spot some wild animals.
Covering 25 hectares, with more than 600 native and exotic species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, with the largest free-flight aviary in New Zealand, Hamilton Zoo is place to get up and close with nature. "For a great day out that the whole family can enjoy, Hamilton Zoo is a great place to visit and a very popular attraction for people of all ages," advises Graeme.
Waikato River Explorer
Experience New Zealand's longest river with a relaxing scenic river cruise. This cruise leaves daily from the jetty at the Hamilton Gardens, choose from a number of cruise options travelling upstream past trees and waterfalls or downstream through the heart of Hamilton City. You can even enjoy a tasty lunch onboard with a full café menu and a licensed bar.
Set amongst 54 hectares, the world famous Hamilton Gardens is made up of over 18 stunning landscapes gardens, Step into another place and time as you stroll from one garden to the next. "Hamilton Gardens is a five-minute drive or a 30-minute walk from Argent Motor Lodge," adds Graeme.
About Argent Motor Lodge:
Based in Hamilton, award-winning Argent Motor Lodge is right next door to Waikato Hospital and close to Braemar Hospital as well as being only a few minutes' drive to the City Centre, cycle trails and the world-famous, world famous 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)
Phone: 0274 587 724