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Hamilton
Travel Guide

New 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.

Novotel Tainui Hamilton
Novotel Tainui Hamilton
4.5 out of 5
7 Alma Street, Hamilton
The price is NZ$199 per night from 9 May to 10 May
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! (973 reviews)
"convenient location: only couple minutes of walk to eating places and pub"

Reviewed on 12 Apr. 2021

Novotel Tainui Hamilton
Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
4 out of 5
34E Lake Street, Cambridge, Waikato
The price is NZ$206 per night from 21 Apr. to 22 Apr.
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! (87 reviews)
"Overall, had a great experience and staff was incredibly helpful, and the amenities were great.(Thanks for Easter eggs)"

Reviewed on 4 Apr. 2021

Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
Heartland Ambassador Hotel Hamilton
Heartland Ambassador Hotel Hamilton
3 out of 5
86 Ulster Street, Whitiora, Hamilton, Waikato
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$143 per night from 16 May to 17 May
This family-friendly Hamilton hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hamilton Central Business District and SkyCity Hamilton. Waikato Hospital and Hamilton Gardens are ...
4/5Very Good! (608 reviews)
"Nice"

Reviewed on 15 Apr. 2021

Heartland Ambassador Hotel Hamilton
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.
Raglan Holiday Park
Raglan Holiday Park
2 out of 5
61 Marine Parade, Raglan
The price is NZ$64 per night from 2 May to 3 May
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.
4.4/5Wonderful! (206 reviews)
"I enjoyed my stay and would book it again. Located right be the beach and not far from town. The cabin was comfortable and well priced but slightly cramped. The hot showers were free but too short if I wanted to wash my hair."

Reviewed on 13 Feb. 2021

Raglan Holiday Park
Anglesea Motel and Conference Centre
Anglesea Motel and Conference Centre
4.5 out of 5
36 Liverpool Street, Hamilton
The price is NZ$134 per night from 25 Apr. to 26 Apr.
Located in the heart of Hamilton, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Hamilton Central Business District and SkyCity Hamilton. Waikato ...
4/5Very Good! (380 reviews)
"Close to a supermarket and the CBD. Plenty of free on-site parking."

Reviewed on 22 Jan. 2021

Anglesea Motel and Conference Centre
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 21 Apr. to 22 Apr.
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! (276 reviews)
"Been there many times and its always the same. Absolutely beautiful in every way."

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2021

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.

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3 Jun. 2020

Awesome gardens and amaxing zoo with great volunteer hosts

5/5 - Excellent

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28 May 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

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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

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23 Mar. 2020

Enjoyed the day spent looking about and some shopping

3/5 - Okay

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20 Mar. 2020

Was a 1 night stay on route to Auckland Airport.

5/5 - Excellent

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19 Mar. 2020

sorry didn't stay long enough, next time

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