Hygate Motor Lodge - Attractions

Hamilton Zoo


Hamilton Zoo is the main zoological garden of Hamilton, New Zealand. Covering 25 hectares, it is situated on Brymer Road in the Hamilton suburb of Rotokauri, on the outskirts of the metropolitan area towards the northwest.

Days' Park And Swarbricks Landing


Days’ Park is a very popular off-lead dog exercise area frequented by families and dog lovers. There is access to a river beach and a swimming area used by dogs and people. There are many interconnecting paths as well as planted areas and memorial seats for the public to enjoy, with good links to the surrounding residential neighbourhoods. There is a building situated on the beach area, owned by St Paul’s Collegiate School. A short distance further north from Days’ Park is Swarbricks landing, which has a toilet, car park area and jetty. It is a popular place for caravan food vendors. Swarbricks landing also provides car parking for Days’ Park.

Taitua Arboretum


If you're looking for a tranquil picnic spot, or an opportunity to escape the bustle of city living, then Taitua Arboretum offers a relaxing retreat.

John and Bunny Mortimer started planting trees and shrubs in 1973 to provide shelter and shade for animals in the area. This continued their life-long passion for growing native and exotic trees and shrubs.  By the time it was gifted to the people of Hamilton in 1997, it was recognised as an arboretum and is now open for all to enjoy.

Hamilton Gardens

Explore an enchanting world of secret gardens at Waikato's most visited tourist destination. The international award-winning Hamilton Gardens is unique; it tells "the story of gardens".
Hamilton Gardens is not a botanical garden. Instead, its concept acknowledges there is a story to tell about gardens, their development over time and across cultures, and their use. The concept has been compared to a museum, where each garden collection has historic integrity and provides a window into the story of civilisations, their arts, beliefs and lifestyles.

Rogers Rose Garden


The Rogers Rose Garden tells the story of the development of the modern rose through a series of themed areas that each focuses on a different aspect.

Waikato Museum


Waikato Museum's exhibitions, events and programmes tell our stories from a regional and global perspective, and include visual art, social history, tangata whenua and science from touring exhibitions, and the museum’s own collections.

On the banks of the Waikato River, in the heart of Hamilton's south-end cultural precinct, Waikato Museum's 13 galleries feature more than 25 new exhibitions and 100 public events annually. Through this interactive programme we aim to engage and inspire our local and international visitors.

Greenslade Gallery


From the imported St Helena roof tiles, to the pressed metal ceilings from Germany, the building of Hamilton’s iconic Greenslade House was an exercise in extravagance.

French firebricks, stained glass windows and even flushing toilets - the house was a jewel from the very beginning.

John W. Warren designed the stunning home at 1 Wellington Street in 1911. His original architectural plans are in a fine condition and are carefully stored at the Waikato Museum. The plans comprise two sheets, immaculately crafted in a combination of ink, pencil and watercolour. The first sheet shows the plans for the ground, first and attic floors, as well as an elevation through the hall and of the outside stairs. The second sheet - titled “Mr Greenslade’s Works”- shows front, east and back elevations. The plans were accessioned by the Museum in 1997, and are a part of the White and Macdonald architectural collection.

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