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.

Key facts about Hamilton - Waikato

  •   Population: 148,000 people
  •   14 km Airport → City
  •   Accommodation: More than 2,500 rooms
  •   Venues: 8,000 people

Climate & Weather



AVG High

26 C° / 78


12 C° / 53



AVG High

16 C° /60


3 C° / 37


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Leonie Ashford

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Wellington, New Zealand

Hamilton - Waikato Attractions

  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tours

    Hobbiton Movie Set Tours

    Explore Middle-earth's homeliest village at Hobbiton Movie Set

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  • Cycling & Mountain Biking

    Cycling & Mountain Biking

    Home to two cycling trails that are part of the 18 Great Rides on The New Zealand Cycle Trail, the Hamilton Waikato is a great place to hop on a bike.

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  • Adventure


    With a magical caving experience and myriad of activities on offer, Hamilton-Waikato gives a taste for extreme outdoor adventures and off-beat experiences.

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  • Gardens


    The green hills and fertile soil of the Hamilton - Waikato region is home to a collection of stunning gardens and passionate green-fingered locals.

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  • Shopping in Waikato and Hamilton

    Shopping in Waikato and Hamilton

    Local arts, gifts and fashion, Waikato's country towns will surprise you with their offering.

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  • Kiwi Balloon Company

    Kiwi Balloon Company

    Hot Air Ballooning is a one-of-a-kind adventure. Kiwi Balloon Company’s flights take place over the Waikato in New Zealand daily, depending on the weather. Contact us directly for your booking.

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