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.
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.
Yummy seasonal food sourced locally and sustainably, kids toys and a beautiful, plant filled outdoor area. We started our day off with a bang.
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).
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 !!
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.
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 !!
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.
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
It really was a magical day, any ideas for where we should venture to next?
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