Visit Hamilton, Waikato, NZ

  • Hamilton
    , New Zealand’s fourth-largest city, sits by the Waikato River. With an exciting night-life and major events throughout the year, Hamilton is a vibrant place to visit.

    Hamilton is a growing population centre about 90 minutes’ drive from Auckland. The main north-south highway and railway pass through it, both opened in the late 1800s.

    Set in fertile, rolling grassland that is mainly farmed for milk production, Hamilton is also a centre higher education and research. Town and country meet at weekends on a city strip of bars and cafes that is famed for its revelry, especially during international events hosted in Hamilton.

    Accommodation in Hamilton (NZ)

    Hamilton has hotels of international standard befitting a major city. There are also luxury resorts, many motels and bed & breakfast lodges, apartments andholiday homes to choose from.

    Backpackers and campers, as well as motor home travellers can choose from a range of amenities that often border parkland and water.


    Transport around Hamilton

    Hamilton International Airport has links with all the main centres around New Zealand. Alternatively, travel by rail is possible.

    Major national bus services reach Hamilton from destinations all around.

    Local bus and shuttle services provide transport around the city and suburbs. Or visitors can hire rental cycles.


    Tourist Activities around Hamilton

    One of Hamilton City’s main attractions is the beautiful, lakeside Hamilton Gardens. A day out in the city might also include its museum, zoo or observatory. There are art galleries and shops, cafes, restaurants and bars to enjoy also.

     The Waikato River provides a venue for river sports such a rowing, boating and water-skiing. Swimmers should beware of the strong current.

    One of the best ways to appreciate the Waikato River countryside is through a scenic flight in a hot-air balloon, such as those of Kiwi Balloons.

    The city hosts annual events that include Balloons over Waikato, Ag Fieldays, and the Australian V8 Supercar series. There are also arts and music festivals throughout the year.

    Indoor Go Karting in Hamilton is a great activity for families, groups and teambuilding.

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