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HamiltonNew Zealand

Surrounded by some of the most popular attractions on the North Island, Hamilton combines the authenticity of a country town and the cultural richness of a city.

Hamilton boasts and impressive array of attractions, all within easy reach from the city itself. The beautiful jagged coasts of the Coromandel and Mount Maunganui, Rotorua’s hot springs and Raglan’s fantastic surf are just a few of the natural attractions on offer in the area. If you prefer to keep your feet dry, the city further inland offers a wide range of attractions including gardens and museums.

Situated along the Waikato River, Hamilton is the fourth largest city in New Zealand, boasting a humble 150,000 inhabitants. Climb aboard the Waikato River Explorer and cruise the River’s emerald green waters, taking you from Hamilton into the heart of the countryside. The city is most famous for its relaxed atmosphere, eclectic café culture and thriving arts scene. Sport fanatics won’t be disappointed either; the city also boasts a distinguished sporting history centred around the local rugby union team, The Chiefs.

The Waikato Museum portrays the areas settler past in extraordinary detail. With its extensive collection of visual art and its action packed schedule of educational events, visitors will enjoy exploring the history of this beautiful region. The Hamilton Gardens showcase an outstanding collection of New Zealand’s native plant life and horticulture. Admission to the Gardens is free and includes some spectacular international garden designs.

The Waitomo Caves are an absolute must-see for anyone visiting the area. Illuminated by thousands of glow worms, visitors have the opportunity to abseil into the caves and experience an adrenaline-packed “black-water rafting” tour. If you’re looking for a calmer alternative, the chic boutique stores and cafés in Cambridge are a great way to spend the day with friends and family. The Kiwi House and Native Bird Park in Otorohanga or Hamilton Zoo is an entertaining alternative for children.

Once you have exhausted all of the nearby attractions, explore the North Island’s stunning beaches and coastal areas. The breath taking white-capped mountains and emerald green forests with hot springs are at the heart of New Zealand are just waiting to be explored. Hamilton is easily navigable by foot and operates a free shuttle bus around the city that runs every 10 minutes.

Top hotels in Hamilton

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Novotel Tainui Hamilton
Novotel Tainui Hamilton
4.5 out of 5
7 Alma Street, Hamilton
The price is NZ$188 per night

This family-friendly Hamilton hotel is located in the business district, just steps away from Hamilton Central Business District and SkyCity Hamilton. Waikato ...

4.4/5Excellent! (975 reviews)

"Pretty hotel. Nice room. Great staff. Central location."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2020

Novotel Tainui Hamilton
Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton
Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton
3.5 out of 5
23 Clarence Street, Hamilton
The price is NZ$159 per night

Located in the heart of Hamilton, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Waikato Museum of Art and History, SkyCity Hamilton and Waikato Hospital. Hamilton Gardens ...

4.3/5Excellent! (984 reviews)

"Great location and close to restaurants and bars in the Main Street. All within a 10 minute walk which was great. Friendly staff and pleasant stay."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2020

Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton
Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
4 out of 5
94 Queen St, Cambridge, Waikato
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$188 per night

Located in the heart of Cambridge, this golf hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Cambridge i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Cambridge Raceway. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (32 reviews)

"Staff are friendly and helpful. Room is very clean and tidy. Good quality of amenity"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2020

Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments

Popular places to visit in Hamilton

Hamilton Gardens
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Hamilton Gardens

4.5/5(223 reviews)

This man-made paradise offers everything from the peaceful tranquillity of the Japanese Zen Gardens to the lively Indian Char Bagh Gardens.

Top activities in Hamilton

Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Tour

Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Hobbiton Movie Set/Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip
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Hobbiton Movie Set/Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip

Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Small group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland
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Small group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Hamilton


Top Destination

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 21.36669874879692%
4 - Good
4 - Good 57.65158806544755%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 19.634263715110684%
2 - Disappointing
2 - Disappointing 1.2512030798845044%
1 - Terrible
1 - Terrible 0.09624639076034648%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Jun. 2020

Awesome gardens and amaxing zoo with great volunteer hosts

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 May 2020

Definately not like Auckland, very clean, fresh air and easy to get around for first timers

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Mar. 2020

I have had many previous trips to Hamilton and find it a very pleasant place. I particularly recommend Hamilton Gardens.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Mar. 2020

Enjoyed the day spent looking about and some shopping

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

20 Mar. 2020

Was a 1 night stay on route to Auckland Airport.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Mar. 2020

sorry didn't stay long enough, next time

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