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Guided Forest Tour of Sanctuary Mountain

Guided Forest Tour of Sanctuary Mountain - Hamilton, New Zealand

Duration: 90 minutes
Location: Hamilton, New Zealand

From USD
$27.71

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a mainland ecological island located in the North Island of New Zealand. Surrounded by the world’s longest pest-proof fence, Sanctuary Mountain’s ancient forest offers a sanctuary for populations of many of our most endangered species – from birds to bats, frogs to reptiles, tuatara to giant weta ... More info ›

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a mainland ecological island located in the North Island of New Zealand. Surrounded by the world’s longest pest-proof fence, Sanctuary Mountain’s ancient forest offers a sanctuary for populations of many of our most endangered species – from birds to bats, frogs to reptiles, tuatara to giant weta. Enjoy a 1.5-hour guided tour.

Your morning tour will depart from the Visitor Centre at 9am. From here, you will be taken to Sanctuary Mountain.

Your group will gather at the fence to hear the history of the project before entering the forest enclosure. Upon entering the forest, you will make your way down to the stream, while the guide points out plant specimens and bird-life.

Make your way through the forest to the Lookout tower which is a 16m high platform in the tree tops. Here you can view the forest from the upper canopy and watch the nectar feeding birds. Spend time in the clearing with our resident Kakas, New Zealand's native parrot. These cheeky characters like to get up close.

Make your way out of the forest and return to the Visitor Centre around 10:30am. Here, you can enjoy refreshments, browse in the shop and use facilities.

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Tuatara Wetlands Tour at Sanctuary Mountain

Tuatara Wetlands Tour at Sanctuary Mountain - Hamilton, New Zealand

Duration: 90 minutes
Location: Hamilton, New Zealand

From USD
$27.71

Join this tour for the unique chance to explore the Tuatara Wetlands. Learn about the conservation projects in place as well as the importance of it ... More info ›

Join this tour for the unique chance to explore the Tuatara Wetlands. Learn about the conservation projects in place as well as the importance of it. Enjoy the special opportunity to see the rare Takahe bird (not guaranteed). Throw yourself into the unique landscape of the native New Zealand Wetlands and learn about the history of this amazing place.

Your tour will depart from the Visitor Centre at 1pm. From here, you will head down the track, all the while listening to your guide as they tell you about the conversation project and the construction of our predator proof fence. Enter the wetland area through double gates and begin the adventure.

Explore our Wetland and learn how 80% of wetlands in the Waikato were drained for agricultural use, and why they need to be restored.
You will learn about our large scale project, vision and the history of Maungatautari. Find out about the importance of the fence and our trapping and monitoring programmes.

Go into the Tuatarium to learn about the history, life cycle and physical characteristics of the tuatara and their journey to Maungatautari. Our breeding pair of Takahe may be visible dinning on their diet of grasses, once thought to be extinct; these rare birds were rediscovered in 1948.

Finally make your back to the visitor centre where you may utilise our facilities. Browse through the shop or purchase refreshments.

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Waitomo Caves and Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour including Lunch from Hamilton

Waitomo Caves and Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour including Lunch from Hamilton - Hamilton, New Zealand

Duration: 7 hours
Location: Hamilton, New Zealand

From USD
$365.22

Your private transport takes you to two of New Zealand's most famous attractions on a full-day tour to Waitomo Caves and the Hobbiton movie set from Hamilton. See glow worms glimmer in the subterranean Waitomo Caves, then visit the movie set that brought The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to life ... More info ›

Your private transport takes you to two of New Zealand's most famous attractions on a full-day tour to Waitomo Caves and the Hobbiton movie set from Hamilton. See glow worms glimmer in the subterranean Waitomo Caves, then visit the movie set that brought The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to life. Be driven in comfort through New Zealand's beautiful countryside on this private tour, and enjoy lunch as part of your tour.

After being picked up from your Hamilton hotel at 10am (or another time if you prefer), sit back and relax on the 1 hour drive to the Waitomo Caves. The route passes through very scenic countryside and farmland in the beautiful Waikato region.

At Waitomo, join a 45-minute tour of the amazing glow-worm caves, including a tranquil boat ride on an underground stream to ensure a good view of the glow worms.

Then continue the journey in your private vehicle to a farm near the small town of Matamata and the Shire's Rest cafe, where you can have some lunch and from where your Hobbiton Movie Set Tour begins.

Lasting about 2 hours, your tour takes you on a drive through the rural sheep farm that was chosen as the Hobbiton Movie Set for The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. Hear how the location was chosen, how the sets were created and which scenes were shot here. Visit famous sites from the films, including the cute Hobbit holes cut into the ground at Bag End, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and the Party Tree.

Your tour concludes at the quaint Shire's Rest cafe, where your private guide will collect you for your return trip to Hamilton. On the return journey, enjoy scenic views of the North Island's countryside before being dropped at your hotel back in Hamilton city.

You will be transported in a private luxury vehicle with your own private guide between locations during the day but Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Tours are both on a group basis with other people.

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Cafe River Cruise through Hamilton City

Cafe River Cruise through Hamilton City - Hamilton, New Zealand

Duration: 80 minutes
Location: Hamilton, New Zealand

From USD
$28.42

Enjoy a relaxing cruise through the city of Hamilton passing alongside some of the most exclusive real estate in the region and underneath the city's tall bridges. Our on-board commentary tells the story of Hamilton and points out some of the city's landmarks ... More info ›

Enjoy a relaxing cruise through the city of Hamilton passing alongside some of the most exclusive real estate in the region and underneath the city's tall bridges. Our on-board commentary tells the story of Hamilton and points out some of the city's landmarks. A fully-licensed Cafe operates on our vessels during the cruise.

Departing the Hamilton Gardens River Ferry Terminal at 1:30pm, you will cruise downstream through Hamilton City as far as the suburb of St. Andrews. The vessel makes the occaisonal brief stop for extra passengers at Swarbrick Landing in the Hamilton suburb of Chartwell, then heads back upstream again through the city under the many tall bridges dating back to the mid 1880s, stopping also at Waikato Museum. Our fully-licensed Cafe & Bar is open throughout all cruises offering a selection of hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks. Our informative and entertaining commentrary tells the story of the region and points out many historic sites. Tour the world famous Hamilton Gardens either before of after your river cruise.

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Heartland River Cruise from Hamilton Gardens

Heartland River Cruise from Hamilton Gardens - Hamilton, New Zealand

Duration: 100 minutes
Location: Hamilton, New Zealand

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$31.97

Enjoy a relaxing cruise through the Heartland of the Waikato region, world famous for it's intensive Dairy Farming. The cruise route has you passing alongside some of the most exclusive real estate in the region and alongside various small waterfalls and through The Narrows, which is one of the the narrowest parts of this 425km long inland waterway ... More info ›

Enjoy a relaxing cruise through the Heartland of the Waikato region, world famous for it's intensive Dairy Farming. The cruise route has you passing alongside some of the most exclusive real estate in the region and alongside various small waterfalls and through The Narrows, which is one of the the narrowest parts of this 425km long inland waterway. The scenery is sometimes close enough to touch. Our on-board commentary tells the story of the ragion. A fully-licensed Cafe operates on our vessels during the cruise.

Departing the Hamilton Gardens River Ferry Terminal at 11am, you will cruise upstream as far as Mystery Creek Events Centre, home of the New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays. The vessel makes the occaisonal brief stop to drop off those cycling the Te Awa River Ride before heading back downstream to Hamilton Gardens. Our fully-licensed Cafe & Bar is open throughout all cruises offering a selection of hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks. Our informative and entertaining commentrary tells the story of the region and points out many historic sites. Tour the world famous Hamilton Gardens either before of after your river cruise.

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Hamilton Gardens Guided Tour

Hamilton Gardens Guided Tour - Hamilton, New Zealand
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Duration: 75 minutes
Location: Hamilton, New Zealand

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$10.66

Fifty years ago Hamilton Gardens was a sand quarry and the city’s rubbish dump. It was covered in weeds, mud and household rubbish.

Since then it has gradually been transformed into 21 award winning gardens, each with a unique theme that tells the story of gardens.

Guided tours explore the rather mysterious world of Hamilton Gardens.

Hamilton Gardens is one of Waikato’s most visited attractions, with approximately one million visitors each year ... More info ›

Fifty years ago Hamilton Gardens was a sand quarry and the city’s rubbish dump. It was covered in weeds, mud and household rubbish.

Since then it has gradually been transformed into 21 award winning gardens, each with a unique theme that tells the story of gardens.

Guided tours explore the rather mysterious world of Hamilton Gardens.

Hamilton Gardens is one of Waikato’s most visited attractions, with approximately one million visitors each year.

Forty years ago Hamilton Gardens was a bleak landscape. It was the site of a former Victorian rifle range and dog dosing station, covered in blackberries with seagulls circling above. It was the city’s rubbish dump. Today, the Gardens has 21 themed gardens on 54 hectares alongside the Waikato River.

Telling the story of gardens through themed garden collections, Hamilton Gardens explores different civilizations, and recreates historically important garden styles from the farthest reaches of the world. Hamilton Gardens is not a botanical garden. Instead, its unique and internationally recognized concept has been compared to a museum. Each garden collection has historic integrity and provides a window into the story of civilizations, their arts, beliefs and lifestyles. 

Guides who will share the ‘inside story’ of how Hamilton Gardens was transformed from a rubbish dump into an internationally significant garden and take visitors on a journey of discovery along paths delivering mysterious surprises: step from a peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s Garden into an Italian Renaissance Garden, before being enthralled by the grandeur of the Indian Char Bagh (‘four quartered’) Garden. 

Guided tours leave the Hamilton Gardens Information Centre at 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tours take approximately 1.15 hours.

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