There’s no need to fork out on tickets to China or Japan to see cherry blossoms in full bloom. Nope, you only need to head to Hamilton! Tamahere—an area on the outskirts of the mighty Tron—is celebrating the flowering pink trees with a cherry tree festival.
Held at the English Cherry Tree Manor, the country getaway boasts a beautiful aisle of blush trees, as well as extensive gardens. Previous seasons have seen people sneaking onto the ground to take photos, which is why they’re opening the grounds for the first-ever Waikato Cherry Tree Festival.
During the festival, blossom-lovers are welcome to wander the lanes and gardens—taking plenty of grams, of course. You can also feed the local cows and alpacas while you enjoy international cuisine.
There’s also the opportunity to get some new skills under your belt with gardening and baking seminars. Meanwhile, little ones will be entertained with face painting, stilt walkers and traditional Chinese dress-ups. Yep, this festival caters for the whole fam.
The highly anticipated festival kicks off on the weekend of September 23 and 24, when the cherry blossoms are looking bloomin’ marvellous—pun oh-so intended.
Trust us when we say: if there was ever a reason to travel to Hamilton, this is it.
What: Waikato Cherry Tree Festival
Where: English Cherry Tree Manor, 125 Matangi Road, Tamahere, Waikato
When: Saturday, 23 September and Sunday, 24 September
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