Hamilton (Kirikiriroa in Maori) is New Zealand’s largest inland city, straddling the superb Waikato River. Hamilton’s central precinct is easy to walk and packed with cafes, restaurants, a casino and bars where you can wine, dine and dance the night away.
The city of Hamilton is nestled on the banks of the mighty Waikato River and is known for its walks, gardens, cafes and nightlife.
Hamilton has a temperate damp climate, with warm summers and cold winters. Winter sees a measurable amount of frost and thick fog in the early mornings.
The visually stunning Hamilton Gardens are webbed by paths that journey through a gallery of themed gardens from grand Italy to tranquil Asia. Other city attractions include the Waikato Museum which provides an insight into the areas rich history and the Hamilton Zoo, which provides native birds with enormous freedom in a walk-through free flight aviary. The Zoo also offers visitors ‘Face2Face’ encounters with exotic animals.
The Waikato region is readily accessible and easy to get around, whether flying in, driving, or travelling by train or bus. Self-drive is the most popular option and most attractions are within a comfortable hour’s drive of Hamilton city, while Hamilton Airport services flights throughout New Zealand. The most convenient way to get around town is by shuttle and it’s free!
The local rugby union teams are Waikato (Mitre 10 Cup) and the Chiefs (Super Rugby). The local colours are red, yellow and black, and the provincial mascot is Mooloo, an anthropomorphic cow.