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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

Novotel Tainui Hamilton
Novotel Tainui Hamilton
4.5 out of 5
7 Alma Street, Hamilton
The price is NZ$209 per night from 8 Nov. to 9 Nov.

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! (979 reviews)

"Awesome place to stay lovely staff only downside was parking when I went out for 20 minutes my car park I paid for was given away and I had to park in the Skycity but overall A"…"

Reviewed on 23 Sep. 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 from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.

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)

"Very friendly staff. Great location. Privacy of guests well looked after."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2020

Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton
Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
4 out of 5
34E Lake Street, Cambridge, Waikato
The price is NZ$193 per night from 27 Oct. to 28 Oct.

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! (51 reviews)

"Great room, great service, couldn’t recommend more! We used the spa while we were there after coming back from a kayak tour. Was just what we wanted to end the day. The toiletries they have were such a treat, good quality and not stupid little bottles of crappy product. I’ve never used hotel shampoo ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2020

Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Hamilton

Quest Hamilton
Quest Hamilton
4 out of 5
51 London Street, Cnr London and Victoria Streets, Hamilton
The price is NZ$154 per night from 21 Nov. to 22 Nov.

Located in the heart of Hamilton, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hamilton Central Business District and SkyCity Hamilton. Waikato Hospital and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (249 reviews)

"Great property to stay! Warm cosy room with lovely crisp linens and great facilities very close to the centre of town. Lovely friendly staff too."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2020

Quest Hamilton
Raglan Holiday Park
Raglan Holiday Park
2 out of 5
61 Marine Parade, Raglan
The price is NZ$64 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.

Situated in Raglan, this beach campsite is within 1 mile (2 km) of Raglan & District Museum and Raglan Golf Club. Ngarunui Beach is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

4.4/5Excellent! (192 reviews)

"Excellent location, picturesque walk across the estuary bridge to central town, restaurants & shopping. Family group of 7 inc 4 teenagers comfortably accommodated in two adjacent self contained, clean, well equipped units."…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2020

Raglan Holiday Park
Opal Hot Springs & Holiday Park
Opal Hot Springs & Holiday Park
2 out of 5
257 Okauia Springs Road, Okauia
The price is NZ$80 per night from 23 Oct. to 24 Oct.

Situated in Okauia, this golf campsite is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Matamata Golf Club and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Firth Tower Museum. Founders Park and Hobbiton Movie ...

4/5Very Good! (267 reviews)

"Awesome customer service, the cabins are very clean and the pools are to due for. Definitely be back again, thanks guys."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2020

Opal Hot Springs & Holiday Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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 Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

NZ$89
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Tour

NZ$459
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

NZ$239
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

NZ$310
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Hobbiton with The Green Dragon Inn & Tauranga Hot Spots
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Hobbiton with The Green Dragon Inn & Tauranga Hot Spots

NZ$185
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Romantic tour in Hamilton
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Romantic tour in Hamilton

NZ$717
Per adult

Reviews of Hamilton

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
222
5 - Excellent 21.36669874879692%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 57.65158806544755%
3 - Okay
204
3 - Okay 19.634263715110684%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.2512030798845044%
1 - Terrible
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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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