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.

Heartland Ambassador Hotel Hamilton
Heartland Ambassador Hotel Hamilton
3 out of 5
86 Ulster Street, Whitiora, Hamilton, Waikato
The price is NZ$151 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Located in Whitiora, this family-friendly Hamilton hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hamilton Central Business District and Waikato Stadium. SkyCity Hamilton ...
4/5 Very Good! (696 reviews)
"The security aspect of the block we were in whereby we had to use our key card gave us a good feeling of safety given that the car parking area was not adequately lit. We checked in late and so we’re not familiar with the property layout. The two Queen size room we were in was very basic and sparsely ..."

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2022

Heartland Ambassador Hotel Hamilton
Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton
Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton
3.5 out of 5
23 Clarence Street, Hamilton
The price is NZ$169 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Located in Hamilton Central, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Waikato Museum of Art and History, Waikato Hospital, and SkyCity Hamilton. Southern ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (987 reviews)
"Nice friendly place"

Reviewed on 5 Jan. 2022

Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton
Novotel Tainui Hamilton
Novotel Tainui Hamilton
4.5 out of 5
7 Alma Street, Hamilton
The price is NZ$209 per night from 20 Jan. to 21 Jan.
This family-friendly Hamilton hotel is located in the business district, just steps away from Hamilton Central Business District and Hamilton Centre Place. SkyCity ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (996 reviews)
"Over all can't go wrong loved my stay there."

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2022

Novotel Tainui Hamilton
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Ulster Apartments
Ulster Apartments
3 out of 5
279 Ulster St, Hamilton, Waikato
The price is NZ$104 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Located in Whitiora, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Prodrive Golf and within 3 miles (5 km) of SkyCity Hamilton and Waikato Hospital. Waikato ...
3.7/5 Good! (29 reviews)
Mean stay
"Good home for a chill weekend close to shops and clubs overall was good"

Reviewed on 13 Aug. 2021

Ulster Apartments
Victoria Apartments
Victoria Apartments
3 out of 5
1167 Victoria street, whitiora, Hamilton
The price is NZ$104 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Located in Whitiora, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Hamilton Central Business District and within 3 miles (5 km) of SkyCity Hamilton and Waikato ...
3.5/5 Good! (28 reviews)
"Property was near the road and easy access to supermarket and main highway. Was clean and comfortable."

Reviewed on 30 Dec. 2021

Victoria Apartments
Quest Hamilton
Quest Hamilton
4 out of 5
51 London Street, Cnr London and Victoria Streets, Hamilton
The price is NZ$170 per night from 5 Feb. to 6 Feb.
Located in Hamilton Central, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Hamilton Central Business District, SkyCity Hamilton and Waikato Hospital. Hamilton ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (273 reviews)
Standard Quest Motel Quality
"Central location. Decent room and bathroom facilities. Good value for money."

Reviewed on 31 May 2021

Quest Hamilton
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