THE WOODLANDS WANDERER
Looking for something fun to do in the Waikato?
Try out our ‘Woodlands Wanderer’ Scavenger Hunts! With two games to choose from, our Scavenger Hunts offer unique and interactive experiences that will awaken your inner explorer. Get together family, friends, or even your co-workers to have a go and be in the draw to win a special prize if you can solve the final puzzle!
Do one of the below, or both consecutively:
Woodlands Wanderer – Garden Hunt: Head out into the scenic Woodlands Gardens, solving clues and learning interesting facts as you go! This unique outdoor activity will get you out exploring the gardens and enjoying nature with your teammates.
Woodlands Wanderer – Homestead Hunt: Explore the beautiful Woodlands Historic Homestead, solve clues and learn about the history of the homestead as you go! This is an indoor activity, allowing you to explore to your hearts content whether it be rain or shine.
Tickets are purchased directly from the Woodlands Homestead. No pre-booking process – just walk in. The Estate is open from 10:00am to 3:30pm daily, when open to the public, last game start is at 2:00pm.
As Woodlands often hosts weddings, we highly recommend giving the Woodlands Homestead a call beforehand to ensure they are open to the public on the particular day you are wanting to come through.
What does a Scavenger Hunt Game include?
- One of the two games, either the Garden or Scavenger Hunt, it's up to you!
- $10 Voucher for Garden Grove Cafe to enjoy a snack or drink during or after your game.
How many people can go?
The Scavenger Hunt can accommodate teams of 2 – 6 people per game. Multiple games can run at the same time.
What should we expect?
When you arrive, head over to the Woodlands Homestead and step inside until you see the Office. Here you will be greeted by a member of the Woodlands Team and you can purchase your game.
Once you have your pack, you can open this up to find your clue sheet and some extra clues to help you on your way. You can then head off on your Scavenger Hunt! Your clue sheet will direct you on where to start.
When can or can't we play the games?
Recommended hours for the game are between 10am and 2pm daily.
If Woodlands are hosting a wedding or other event the Scavenger Hunt Games will not be available, call ahead to check.
What happens if the weather turns bad?
If the weather is not looking good we recommend just doing the Homestead Hunt which is undercover.
Is there an age limit?
An adult or teenager who is at least 14+ years old is required to attend the scavenger hunt to supervise any younger children, whilst the games are recommended for 8 years old plus, there is no minimum age for attendance.
How often does it change?
At this stage, there is no regular reset plan for our Scavenger Hunts. If this changes we will always post updates on our social media pages and here on our website – so make sure to follow or subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated.
What should we bring/wear?
Confinement recommends you bring a water bottle with you, wear a sunhat, and covered shoes that you are comfortable walking in.
Is there a time limit?
There is no time limit for our Woodlands Wanderer Scavenger Hunts, but do check the closing times of the Woodlands Homestead and Garden Grove Cafe to ensure you are able to complete the game. Challenge your friends to a race or enjoy an afternoon of wandering.
Are there any physical limitations?
The Scavenger Hunt does involve wandering the garden or venturing into the Homestead and this can be achieved at a leisurely pace. The Garden is largely free from limitations, whereas the Homestead does have stairs to complete the game. If you have any mobility concerns/difficulties please contact us and we can explain any limitations that might pop up/solutions based on your specific situation.
Where should we park?
Woodlands and Garden Grove offer safe off street parking.