There’s no need to fork out on tickets to East Asia 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. Last year was the first Waikato Cherry Tree Festival and people have been patiently waiting for round two.
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 get amongst the food and drink vendors!
There’ll also be Japanese drummers, Chinese lute music and Kung Fu dance performances to keep us entertained the entire time. Meanwhile, little ones will be entertained with face painting and stilt walkers. Yep, this festival caters for the whole fam.
The highly anticipated festival kicks off on Friday, September 21st all throughout the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd, 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: Friday, 21st September and Sunday, 23rd September
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