Situated alongside New Zealand’s longest river in the heart of the North Island, Hamilton and the wider Waikato region have a lot to offer visitors.
Hamilton’s vibrant nightlife, plentiful parks and gardens, and cultural vibe set the tone for the city.
Highlights include the picturesque Hamilton Gardens, cruises on Waikato River, and Waikato Museum, which highlights the region’s rich Maori history. Hamilton is also home to The Base, New Zealand’s largest shopping complex.
The city is a great starting point for those wanting to explore Waikato’s impressive network of hiking and cycling tracks or the spectacular subterranean playground of the Waitomo Caves.
Other popular attractions include the black sand surf beaches of Raglan and the Hobbiton movie set, which appears much as it did in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies.