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Visit Hamilton

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
ibis Hamilton Tainui
ibis Hamilton Tainui
3.5 out of 5
18 Alma Street, Hamilton
NZ$153
per night
Feb 16 - Feb 17

Situated in Hamilton, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hamilton Central Business District and SkyCity Hamilton. Hamilton Gardens is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,404 reviews)

"NIce view of the river and really close to town. Tiny bathroom and shame there’s no free wifi."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2020

ibis Hamilton Tainui
Novotel Tainui Hamilton
Novotel Tainui Hamilton
4.5 out of 5
7 Alma Street, Hamilton
NZ$198
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

This family-friendly Hamilton hotel is steps away from Hamilton Central Business District and SkyCity Hamilton. Hamilton Gardens is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,170 reviews)

"Lovely staff, very helpful and friendly. Nice beds."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2020

Novotel Tainui Hamilton
VR Hamilton
VR Hamilton
4 out of 5
237 Victoria Street, Hamilton
NZ$125
per night
Jan 27 - Jan 28

Located in the heart of Hamilton, this hotel is steps away from Hamilton Central Business District and SkyCity Hamilton. Hamilton Gardens is 2 mi (3.2 km) ...

3.6/5Good! (1,791 reviews)

"It is not new, but maintenance is reasonable. Room is clean and tidy. Room rate is reasonable for the services it provided to you."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2020

VR Hamilton

Popular things to do in Hamilton

Hamilton Gardens
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Hamilton Gardens

4.5/5(198 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$84

Step into the world of Middle-earth, the Shire, and Hobbiton as you head to the movie set where acclaimed director Peter Jackson brought J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved books to life. Find out how this once-sleepy sheep farm was turned into a movie set and take an up-close look at real sets and props.

Full-Day Hobbiton Shire Movie Set Tour from Auckland
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Full-Day Hobbiton Shire Movie Set Tour from Auckland

NZ$310

A fantastical world of wonder awaits at the filming site of HobbitonTM Shire. Nestled within the verdant farmland south of Auckland, this authentic recreation of Bilbo Baggins' Middle Earth village immerses you in all the magic and adventure of the Lord of the Rings.

Full-Day Waitomo Caves & Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Full-Day Waitomo Caves & Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

NZ$378

Embark on an exciting day trip from Auckland to discover the glowworm caves at Waitomo and the world-famous Hobbiton Movie Set. Escape the city and journey south through lush green farmland en route to Matamata, a small rural town where you'll find the Hobbiton Movie Set.

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour departing Matamata i-SITE
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour departing Matamata i-SITE

NZ$84

Step into the world of Middle-earth, the Shire, and Hobbiton as you head to the movie set where acclaimed director Peter Jackson brought J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved books to life. Find out how this once-sleepy sheep farm was turned into a movie set and take an up-close look at real sets and props.

Full-Day Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Highlights Tour with Lunch
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Full-Day Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Highlights Tour with Lunch

NZ$367

Discover some of the best places to visit outside Auckland; enjoy a visit to the famous glowworm caves at Waitomo and see the best Rotorua attractions on offer on this full-day sightseeing tour.

Bridge to Nowhere
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Bridge to Nowhere

NZ$356

After checkin formalities are completed you will board our shuttle for a short 5 minute ride down to Cherry Grove where our jetboat will be waiting. All aboard and its off skimming through the first set of rapids.

Reviews of Hamilton

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 21.129943502824858%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 57.85310734463277%
3 - Okay
175
3 - Okay 19.774011299435028%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.1299435028248588%
1 - Terrible
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

Loved blueberry picking and the Hamilton Gardens are AMAZING!

4/5 - Good

Jessie

Jan 17, 2020

still good overall. affordable. great value for money

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 8, 2020

Was really only an overnight stay on our way to Auckland, so did not do any site seeing etc.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 5, 2020

Its a nice place, easy to get around.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 3, 2020

Some things seemed really nice , other aspects were disappointing. Some things seemed to have gone backwards and deteriorated since I grew up there.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 31, 2019

Hamilton garden is a remarkable place thatwe visit this year. Awesome place for family especially with kids.

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