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Sunday Funday - Exploring Hamilton

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7.30 am - The sun was shining, anticipation was ripe, bags had been loaded and the kids were in the car.

It had been just over 5 years since Hamilton had been a destination for us so we were so excited to go explore our neighbouring city !! With lots on our list of 'to do's' including a Cherry Blossom Festival our spirits were high as our adventure begun. 

Hamilton, fields. Clean, green, New Zealand

First stop, Two Birds Eatery. Trust Elise to find this hidden gem, located at Clyde Street Shopping Centre in Hamilton East, this cafe had it all.

Two Birds Eatery, Hamilton East, cafe supporting sustainability and local farming. Peace Hands

Hanging plants at Two Birds Eatery in Hamilton. Must eat Cafe.

Yummy seasonal food sourced locally and sustainably, kids toys and a beautiful, plant filled outdoor area. We started our day off with a bang. 

Two Birds Eatery Menu. Locally sourced food, sustainable cafe. Hamilton

Cora exploring the outdoor area at Two Birds Eatery in Hamilton.

Next stop the local Farmers Markets these run 8am till Noon every Sunday and can be found at Gate 3 Brooklyn Road, Claudelands a few minutes drive from the cafe. We were keen to get our hands on some locally grown and produced food and goods (everything sold here is sourced from the Waikato).

Hamilton Farmers Markets, stalls. locally produced food and goods.

Hamilton Farmers Markets, Free range eggs. Waikato goods.

We had our choice of free range eggs, meats, fish, bread, juice, coffee and treats. Once our hands were filled we headed outside to enjoy the live music, lawn games and sunshine. Cora and Chase even got to pat a baby lamb !! 

Hamilton Farmers Markets, Bread Stall. Fresh produce, locally sourced. 

Hamilton Farmers Markets, Live Music, Outdoor games. Family friendly things to do.

Cora meets a lamb at the Hamilton Farmers Market.

We rocked up to the Cherry Blossom Festival only to find out that you needed to have brought tickets and that they were all sold out.. whatttt !!! Luckily the man at the gate felt a bit sorry for us having travelled from Auckland and let us in to get some photos with the Cherry Blossoms.

Cherry Blossoms, Waikato. Spring time. New Zealand

Chase and the Cherry Blossoms. Waikato, New Zealand

If you had brought tickets in addition to the Cherry blossom lane, visitors were able to explore the extensive gardens, feed the cows & alpacas, view and try on Chinese ethnic minority clothing, enjoy face painting, gardening and bakery seminars - we know now for next year !! Honestly the Cherry Blossom Lane was beyond beautiful and has made me want to visit Japan even more !! 

Stilt walkers at Waikato Cherry Blossom Festival. Bird Lady

Chase and Cora Cherry Blossom Festival, Waikato, New Zealand in Spring.

Lastly even though the kids were ready for a sleep we had to check out the Hamilton Gardens. These are free and are an activity the whole family will enjoy.

Hamilton Botanical Gardens. New Zealand. Things to do in the weekend with kids.

Water play at Hamilton botanical gardens. Must do at Spring in New Zealand

Being Spring the timing could not have been better. The gardens are inspired by different lands, cultures and times; Indian, Japanese, Italian Renaissance, Chinese etc. Our favourite was the Sustainable / Kitchen garden - seriously what dreams are made of hehe. The kids loved exploring the gardens but they also have a playground with a garden theme which encourages imagination and roleplay and incorporates games, puzzles, discovery and learning. If you are in the area this is a must do !! For more information visit - http://hamiltongardens.co.nz

Spring time in Hamilton, New Zealand. Flowers.

Indian inspired gardens in Hamilton. New Zealand must do.

Unicorn Garden Chess. Hamilton Botanical gardens. New Zealand.

Hamilton sustainable garden, exploring nature. Weekend adventures.

It really was a magical day, any ideas for where we should venture to next? 

 

Chase wears 

Nico Nico Camo Absolute Hoody 

Nico Nico Camo Life Sweat Pant 

Nico Nico Wisdom Striped LS

Pop Factory Mickey Track Shorts 

Nico Nico Tan Perfect Pullover

Alfie Bondi Cap

Cora wears

Bandy Button Green Wolfi Sweat 

Pop Factory Music and Me Tee 

Nico Nico Taupe Everyday Leggings 

Nico Nico Heather Liv Cable Knit Socks 

Nico Nico Crimson LS 

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