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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
NZ$199
per night
9 Apr. - 10 Apr.

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,196 reviews)

"Excellent food and service in restaurant early checkout very efficient"…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar. 2020

Novotel Tainui Hamilton
ibis Hamilton Tainui
ibis Hamilton Tainui
3.5 out of 5
18 Alma Street, Hamilton

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! (1,435 reviews)

"Easy access to where we needed to get out for dinner and a walk"…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar. 2020

ibis Hamilton Tainui
Fountain City Motor Inn
Fountain City Motor Inn
4 out of 5
305 Ulster Street, Hamilton
NZ$125
per night
26 Apr. - 27 Apr.

Situated in Hamilton, this motel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Prodrive Golf and 1.2 mi (2 km) from SkyCity Hamilton. Hamilton Central Business District and Waikato ...

4.1/5Very Good! (836 reviews)

"It was Value for money compared to other places I had looked at"…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar. 2020

Fountain City Motor Inn

Popular activities in Hamilton

Hamilton Gardens
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Hamilton Gardens

4.5/5(222 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 & Waitomo Glowworm Caves:Rotorua day Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set & Waitomo Glowworm Caves:Rotorua day Tour

90% of travellers recommend
NZ$263
Per adult
Private Hobbiton Transportation in a Luxury Vehicle
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Private Hobbiton Transportation in a Luxury Vehicle

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$99
Per adult
Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua Geysers Shore Excursion
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Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua Geysers Shore Excursion

90% of travellers recommend
NZ$240
Per adult
Private Transportation to Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves
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Private Transportation to Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$149
Per adult
Private All Inclusive Hobbiton Tour from Auckland
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Private All Inclusive Hobbiton Tour from Auckland

NZ$395
Per adult
Hobbiton with The Green Dragon Inn & Tauranga Hot Spots
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Hobbiton with The Green Dragon Inn & Tauranga Hot Spots

98% of travellers recommend
NZ$185
Per adult

Reviews of Hamilton

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
214
5 - Excellent 20.8984375%
4 - Good
592
4 - Good 57.8125%
3 - Okay
204
3 - Okay 19.921875%
2 - Disappointing
13
2 - Disappointing 1.26953125%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.09765625%

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Mar. 2020

Only overnight ..pleasant stay

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 Mar. 2020

We enjoyed our family visit. Ate out at 2 enjoyable

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