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.
The English Cherry Tree Manor is a country getaway boasting beautiful blush trees as well as extensive gardens, and plays host to the Waikato Cherry Tree Festival every year. The last two years sold out before the festival even began, so get in quick to score your tickets.
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, book a dreamy and delicious High Tea or set up a BYO picnic under the blossoms.
There’ll also be Japanese drummers and Chinese fan dancers 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 family.
The highly anticipated festival kicks off on Friday, September 20 and runs through to Sunday, September 29, 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, September 20 to Sunday, September 29
Cost: $20–$30 per adult
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