Calling all Pampered Pets! Jet Park Hotel is Hamilton’s finest dog-cation you need to experience.

The winter blues always tend to rear their head around July, when temperatures and motivation are low and the desire to unwind is high. We’re 7 months through the year and with the shorter daylight hours, it seems like we are packing so much more into every day – it’s exhausting, we hear you.

So, what if we told you that you could grab the dog and your overnight bag, jump in the car and escape the monotony of everyday life – even just for the weekend? Central Waikato is easily accessible for many North Islanders and with so many dog friendly activities on offer, it’s a no brainer location for a last-minute getaway.

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At the top of our list of dog friendly accommodation is the recently re-opened Jet Park Hotel at Hamilton Airport. We absolutely love this hotel group for their clear love of animals – while they actively support a number of community groups and charities, their ongoing collaboration with Pet Refuge is notable here. Pet Refuge is New Zealand’s first shelter dedicated to caring for animals escaping family violence, a cause very close to the hearts of the DFNZ team. If you like to support businesses that are working towards a greater good in New Zealand, look no further than the Jet Park Hotel Group.

Centrally positioned between Hamilton CBD, Cambridge and Te Awamutu, Jet Park Hotel Hamilton is the perfect base to explore all three cities in one trip. Jet Park accommodates four legged travellers with their ‘Pampered Pet Package’, a booking option that allows you to take your pup along for the adventure. On arrival your dog will receive a lovingly curated goodie bag, filled with all the necessities to make them feel at home, including a treat and toy, water bowl and mini pack of food to satisfy your intrepid traveller’s tummy!

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You will enjoy a Superior Twin or King Room, outfitted with unlimited wifi, fluffy robes and a walk-in shower or spa bath. You’ll sleep easy on quality King or Queen beds, while your pup enjoys the fresh pet bed and blanket supplied especially for him. Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast when you wake, while planning the day’s activities. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – when it comes to dog friendly accommodation, you cannot go past Jet Park Hotels.

With so much to see and do around Central Waikato, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to filling your holiday with activities – even with your dog in tow!

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Sticking around the local area? Head for the Hamilton Gardens, where you can soak up the fresh air and explore almost 30 different natural displays in various stunning themes. Ranging from rugged landscape instalments through to our favourite, the Ancient Egyptian Garden, each display is more impressive and beautiful than the last. The Hamilton Gardens are truly a must-do when visiting the city with your dog, on-leash of course – just be sure to keep your pup out of the Enclosed Gardens and Hamilton East Park Cemetery.

Replenish with a bite to eat and a cheeky beverage at the Gardens’ on-site cafe, where you and your furry friend can relax al fresco while you gaze out across the picturesque Turtle Lake.

Keen to venture further afield? How about swinging by the Cambridge Farmers Markets, which are on every Saturday from 8am – 12pm in Victoria Square. Pick up some local produce, preserves and baked goods, along with a fresh coffee to kick start your day.

If you’re the fitspo type, Cambridge is known as the most cycle-friendly town in New Zealand – so bring the bike (or hire one) and hit the trails! The Te Awa River Ride is a popular option for the whole family, whether you’re on foot or two wheels. Enjoy a 65km world-class experience following the mighty Waikato River, flowing past lake and river, along bridges and elevated boardwalks from Ngaruawahia to Lake Karapiro.

Waikato truly is a district of outdoor recreation, which is not surprising considering the stunning scenery, underground wonders and wild black sand beaches. Whether you’re sticking close by or planning to see the greater Waikato including Raglan, Taupo and Rotorua, then take it from us… JetPark Hotel Hamilton is THE place to stay when bringing your dog for the ride.

For more information and to book, click here.

For an exclusive 10% off the pampered pet package use discount code: welovedogs *

* Valid for all three properties

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