While Kyle was at the temple with the youth, the kids and I visited the Hamilton Botanic Gardens. They were beautiful. Although since it was fall, there were not a lot of flowers, it was green and beautiful. The kids did a scavenger hunt type of things that kept them going through all the different types of gardens and there was a play ground at the end. It was a fun morning.
On our way home from Hamilton we stopped twice. Once to walk to Tawhai Falls in Tongariro National Park. It was a great break in a long drive. Bonus the weather was beautiful and allowed us to walk without jackets and see a gorgeous falls.
Our second stop was at a super fun playground in Levin. I think the kids would have stayed for hours if it was not getting dark and beginning to rain.