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Hamilton is the largest city in the Waikato region. Gardening enthusiasts will enjoy the Hamilton Gardens, winner of the 2014 International Gardens of the Year Award. Themes include the peaceful Chinese Sung Dynasty gardens, an Italian Renaissance garden and an Indian Char Bagh garden, among others.
Feel like a cup of tea, Zealong Tea Estate will guide you on a unique tea tour where you will learn about the whole process from leaf to cup. Watch a traditional tea ceremony, sample some teas and enjoy a classic high tea.
Outside of Hamilton, take a worthwhile drive to the world-renowned Waitomo Gloworm Caves. Silently glide through the starry wonderland of the Gloworm Grotto and take in nature's light display.
Maybe you have a sweet tooth, Candyland is an old-fashioned sweet factory where you can watch sweets and chocolate being made and even make your own lollipop.
If you are a Lord of the Ring's fan you must visit the famous Hobbiton movie set. Take a tour around the quirky underground houses, become a hobbit for the day, and then go back home and watch the trilogy all over again.