Hamilton is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing cities and is young, passionate, and ambitious. Its energy is reflected in the people and iconic events, such as the Australian V8 Supercars Street Race, Balloons over Waikato, World Rally Champs and the World Rowing Championships in 2010.
Situated on the majestic Waikato River, Hamilton is the gateway to the Waikato region, located in the heart of North Island. Predominantly areas of waterways, lush farmland and green hills, the region’s bonus natural features are the magical limestone glow-worm caves at Waitomo, and the exceptional left-hand surf-break in Raglan.
The city’s most popular attraction is the Hamilton Gardens – a unique and amazing gallery of gardens is a canvas alive with colour. Visitors experience regional arts and culture at the Waikato Museum in the historic south end of the city. This is also a lively café and restaurant scene offering a diverse range of cuisine and atmosphere. Whether you’re after a night of intimate dining, catching a movie, bar hopping or going to the theatre, there is no end of entertainment in the city. Best of all, Hamilton’s city nightlife is all within close proximity.
With world class sporting facilities, we are increasingly attracting the ‘big ones’ – International rugby, rugby league, basketball, netball, cricket, horse racing, soccer, golf, rowing…. and more.
The Waikato River walkway stretches 11km along the riverbanks and is perfect for walking and cycling, while absorbing the ever-changing vista. Just outside the city and set amongst acres of stunning grounds, Hamilton Zoo is home to over 650 exotic and endangered species and is full of unique experiences.