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Attractions & Events

There are lots of things to see and do in Hamilton, with local and regional attractions as well as unique world-class annual events and sports fixtures. Gardena Court Motel is located right at the centre of this thriving city, giving you convenient and easy access to all that Hamilton has to offer.

Hamilton is also only an hour's drive from some of the North Island's most exciting and famous destinations - so we are a great base for you to explore North Island! Hamilton gets lots of visitors each year for the Field Days at Mystery Creek, Rugby matches featuring the Waikato Chiefs, Cricket matches featuring the Northern Districts cricket team, the Bridge to Bridge water ski race on the Waikato River, and a range of other sporting events in netball, hockey, swimming, water polo, soccer, BMX, shooting and archery.

All year round you can visit the beautiful Hamilton Gardens, see the animals at the excellent Hamilton Zoo, and try your luck at the Skycity Hamilton Casino! If you’re feeling more adventurous, experience the exhilaration and tranquility of Hot Air Ballooning or tour through Hamilton, gliding under bridges in a kayak on the Waikato River.

A few sights to see in Hamilton

Taitua Arboretum - View an enchanting tree collection, very beautiful. Only 3kms from our motel

Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Aboretum - Just 15km from Hamilton. Explore this derelict quarry that has been transformed into a stunning 42-acre garden and aboretum

Te Aroha Mineral Pools - A scenic 45 minutes drive from Hamilton. Enjoy a unique Soda Spa experience including the worlds only hot spa geyser!

Waingaro Hot Springs in Ngaruawahia - 25 minutes drive from Hamilton. This is a great place for the kids to have fun, the all year round resort that has something for everyone.

Waterworld at Te Rapa, Hamilton has a newly-opened water slide as well as swimming pools for everyone.

On your way to Raglan's famous surf beach (a short drive from our Motel) don't forget to stop at the Bridal Veil Falls. A lovely walk to the bottom to view the fabulous waterfall.

Huntly Speedway and Kihikihi Speedway are both close. Come and stay and take in the Speedway action!!

For more information on things to see and do in the mighty Waikato, please see