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About Hamilton

A metropolitan city situated on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, Hamilton’s rich cultural mix and vibrant centre makes it a perfect place to experience the friendly Kiwi lifestyle.

The vibrant café and bar scene is making a name for itself, and plentiful open spaces mean the city is an easy place to spend time in. The city is also rapidly gaining a reputation as a business hub for creativity and innovation as well as a destination for world-class international, national and local events.

Arts and culture form an important part of the city’s makeup with the Waikato Museum paying homage to Hamilton’s past and the present through its exhibitions.

If shopping is on the agenda visitors can take their pick from some of the country’s best fashion designers and stock up on gifts, whether from European-style Casabella Lane and a gallery selling the works of local artists and craftspeople to Aotearoa/New Zealand’s largest shopping complex, The Base.

Outdoor enthusiasts might be tempted to kayak or take a scenic cruise on the Waikato River or take in the sights from a hot air balloon, then again, they may want to simply stroll along the riverside or play a round of golf at one of the top courses in and around the city.

Families are also well looked after with everything from great playground to tenpin bowling, indoor rock climbing, trampoline parks, go-karting and top attractions such as Hamilton Zoo and more.

With all the creature comforts you’d expect from a metropolitan city and the added bonus of its central location Hamilton is also the ideal base from which to explore the wider region and central North Island.