Hamilton is an hour drive from anywhere you would ever need to be. In summer that means regular trips to beaches like Raglan, Mount Maunganui or up the Coromandel to escape the heat.
But how do you cool down in the city? We’ve come up with a list on ideas of how to take advantage of summer away from the waves and escape the heat.
- Swim, a lot.
Either in your own pool or the great public pools around town.While Hamilton’s oldest pools may be temporarily unavailable there are so many other options but the particular favourite for this time of year is anywhere outdoors like the pools at the university or Te Rapa. Swimming is not only a good way to keep up with a new years resolution but it keeps school holiday children entertained AND is an amzing way to blow off steam and cool down after work since the University pools are open until 6pm and Waterworld is open until 9pm. http://www.hamiltonpools.co.nz/index.php & http://www.uleisure.co.nz/index.cfm/1,302,0,42,html/University-of-Waikato-Pool
Summer is the best time to eat fruit and there are so many amazing providers like the blueberry shop in Garden Place which we talked about here, https://lovethetron.wordpress.com/2012/12/08/the-summer-of-the-blueberry/or the Hamilton Farmers Market https://lovethetron.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/becoming-a-locavore/. Otherwise there are great farms just outside of Hamilton where you can pick your own or my favourite, buy fruit ice-cream http://www.oldeberryfarm.co.nz/. There is nothing better than fruit to counteract the sweaty, fatigued work environment created by summertime and a faulty office air-con system.
Around the Gardens, the lake, along the river as research has shown that being outside amongst nature can improve your mood ( http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100603172219.htm ) and our City ought to be one of the happiest with the amount of walking path, parks and lush green spaces so get out there and take a quick walk in the morning, during your lunchbreak or when you come home.
We have been meaning to do this for so long and we will hopefully be posting, about our outrageously sucessful picnic, soon but in the meantime grab your friends, a rug and some cushions, a bottle of cold water with fruit in it, some bread, some cheese and finish off with pavlova and then you have yourself an amazing afternoon.
Throw in some swimming, a walk and fruit after your picnic and you have a summer’s day to surpass any spent getting burnt, covered in sand and surrounded by people at the beach. Let us know, via our Twitter (https://twitter.com/lovethetron) or below in the comments, how will you be having fun in Hamilton or elsewhere this summer?