Go Wild With Summer Fun In Hamilton Kirikiriroa

Hamilton Premiere Of Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Exhibition


Finding fun this summer has never been easier thanks to a
collaborative activity guide and website produced by three
of Hamilton’s best-loved visitor destinations, Hamilton
Gardens, Hamilton Zoo and Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga O
Waikato.

Parents and caregivers will be able to take
their pick of activities ranging from face painting and
scavenger hunts to wildlife-themed events at all three
venues.

Hamilton City Council’s Unit Director
Visitor Destinations Lee-Ann Jordan said that the
collaborative approach reflects Council’s vision to make
Hamilton a more attractive, safe and liveable
city.

“Our destinations are all looking forward to
welcoming visitors and their whaanau this summer and showing
them a great time,” she
said.

“It’s a wonderful time
of year for both locals and out-of-town visitors to make the
most of what our public facilities offer, from spotting
animals at the Zoo or exploring the enclosed gardens at
Hamilton Gardens, to being enthralled by world-class
exhibitions at the
Museum.”

The New Zealand
premiere of Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Waikato
Museum has provided inspiration for a wild streak in the
activity guide. On tour from the Natural History Museum,
London, it is the first time Hamilton has been host to this
internationally renowned exhibition of award-winning nature
photography.

Alongside the 100 stunning photographs on
display in the exhibition, family-friendly activities have
been developed such as a hands-on photography workshop and a
free ‘ABC Trail’ worksheet for young
visitors.

Hamilton Zoo carries on the theme, with an
exciting series of events ranging from live music and living
statues, to a storytime session hosted by ‘safari
explorers’. At Hamilton Gardens, visitors will be
surprised and delighted by pop-up classical music
performances and quirky characters roaming in the enclosed
gardens.

The ‘Find Your Summer Fun’ schedule also
features events held in conjunction with Hamilton City
Libraries, Science in a Van, and a focus on celebrating the
Lunar New Year with the arrival of the Year of the
Rabbit.

The activity guide is available as a printed
schedule, a downloadable PDF document, or as an interactive
calendar on the new website: www.findyourfun.nz.
Information will also be shared on the destinations’
social media channels.

The fun kicks off at Hamilton
Gardens, Hamilton Zoo and Waikato Museum on Monday 9 January
and runs every day until Monday 30 January (the Auckland
Anniversary Day public holiday).

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