With summer here we are sharing some special Waikato spots we have found in the areas where our honeys are harvested. This time it's the Horsham Downs area, our home base. Horsham Downs is just north of Hamilton City and surprisingly has a few things worth checking out!
Horsham Downs Golf Course
Tucked in between the Waikato River and River Road in Hamilton lies an unexpected gem for golf lovers. Only 3 kilometres from Flagstaff in the northern suburbs, Horsham Downs Golf Club is well known for its challenging yet picturesque layout. It also deservedly has the reputation for being the friendly club of the Waikato. Read more about the golf club.
Fruitdale Orchard is nice and close to the Hamilton City boundary, located on Osbourne Road. They grow strawberries, sweetcorn, peaches, nectarines, plums, tomatoes, blackberries, apples, pears, feijoas and cherries. Throughout the season you can pick your own, which makes it a great day out for the family, especially when you can have fresh fruit ice cream in the shop afterwards! Find and more and get directions.
Te Awa River Ride
This scenic 70km river ride is under construction between Ngaruawahia and Horahora, 20km south of the Mighty River Domain at Lake Karapiro. The route will weave through rural and urban landscapes, taking in waterfalls and historic Maori sites as well as trendy shops, cafes and wineries.
At present (late 2016) the cycleway starts at Horotiu (across the bridge from Horsham Downs), and winds it's way beside the river to the Hamilton City Gardens. Along the way you pass Hinterland Adventures (laser tag, paintball, clay bird and archery outdoor centre), Fonterra Dairy Factory and Waikato Equestrian Centre. Ending at the Hamilton Gardens gives you a great place to have a rest and re-energise.
Find out more about the River Ride and view maps.
Other Places to Visit Nearby:
- Gordonton Village: The Farm Shop, The Mandarin Tree Art & Concept Store, Grandmothers Garden Patchwork & Quilting
- Woodlands Historic Homestead and Gardens
- Awapuni Donkey Stud
- Cornerstone Alpaca Stud
- Wairere Nursery
- Eateries such as: Prof's at Woodlands, Zealong Tea, Firepot Cafe, Gordonton Bakehouse & Takeaways, Willow Glen & Cafe Olive.
Purchase Horsham Downs Honey here! Please note not all our honey varieties are available all the time.