Summertime in New Zealand is almost upon us, and with sunnier days comes the opportunity to embark on plenty of awesome outdoor adventures and activities. Below are 5 things to do in the Waikato this summer, as recommended by Argent Motor Lodge in Hamilton :
Cruise along the Waikato River
Enjoy a scenic cruise along a portion of New Zealand’s longest river, the Waikato River, on board the Waikato River Explorer. With daily scheduled trips from Monday-Sunday, you will get the chance to learn about the history of the river and its surrounding area while enjoying food and beverages from the onboard café and bar. What a great way to spend a sunny morning or afternoon! For more information on the variety of cruises offered by the Waikato River Explorer, visit: www.waikatoexplorer.co.nz
Explore the Hamilton Gardens
Immerse yourself in an array of uniquely themed gardens, spanning cultures and time periods. With lakes, native bush, flowers, sculptures, fruits and vegetables, you will not run out of sights to feast your eyes upon at the award-winning, Hamilton Gardens. Plus, from November 4th 2019, a new addition to the gardens, the ‘Picturesque Garden’, will be open for public viewing. Be one of the first to see this idyllic new garden!
Balloon over Waikato
Witness the breathtaking beauty of the Waikato region, from great heights, in a hot air balloon. This one of a kind adventure will have you gasping in awe as you take in panoramic views of the mighty Waikato. Balloon flights take place at sunrise, when the air is still and quiet, and last for an hour - allowing for plenty of time to take in the natural surroundings. For more information, visit the Kiwi Balloon Company website: www.kiwiballooncompany.co.nz
Horse trek in Putaruru
Nothing quite beats the feeling of being at one with nature’s most beloved animals as you trek through rolling hillsides, past gurgling streams and amongst grand rhyolite volcanic borders. Catering to all riding abilities, Stone Hill in Putaruru offers you the adventure of a life time – creating a personal and memorable horse riding experience.
Catch a wave in Raglan
Get amongst the surf in Raglan – one of the world’s best surfing destinations! Whether you’re a pro surfer or just starting out, you’re bound to have endless fun catching a wave or multiple. Suitable for experienced surfers, the main point breaks of Manu Bay, Whale Bay and Indicators, are world renowned for their consistent waves, while Ngarunui (Ocean Beach) is perfect for beginners who can learn through the Raglan Surf School. Before hitting the waves, visitors to Raglan are encouraged to familiarise themselves with Raglan’s Safe Surfing Code, which can be found here: https://www.waikatonz.com/media/3775/surfers-code-final.pdf
Award-winning Argent Motor Lodge in Hamilton is situated perfectly for those looking to participate in the adventures and activities mentioned above. The Waikato River Explorer, Hamilton Gardens and the Kiwi Balloon Company are all based within Hamilton itself and Putaruru and Raglan are less than an hour’s drive away. Plus, guests staying at the Argent have the luxury of coming home to a plush King-sized bed, a large bath (in the one and two bedroom apartments) and SKY TV in all rooms, after a day out exploring. What an ideal way to relax and rewind!
Book direct with Argent Motor Lodge to receive two complimentary continental breakfasts for the first morning of your stay. You can book direct via the Argent website www.argenthamilton.co.nz or via phone call 0800 275 676. For more information on the adventures and activities detailed within this article, visit: www.waikatonz.com
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