At the heart of the lush farmlands of the Waikato
, Hamilton is New Zealand's largest inland city. Hamilton city enjoys a lively café scene, and you'll find some great places to relax with a latte. Flowing through the city centre (parallel to Victoria Street) is the Waikato
River, gracing Hamilton with some superb riverside walks and gardens. You can make the most of Hamilton's riverside location with a stroll through the lovely Hamilton Gardens
. SKYCITY Hamilton, overlooking the river, has live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays, or check out the excellent Waikato
Museum, also on the river's edge.
Hamilton is one of New Zealand's key educational centres. The University of Waikato
is based here, along with Waikato
Polytechnic and an agricultural research centre, and the city is also a popular choice for business conferences. Hamilton is ideally placed to explore the region's many attractions, including the glowworm-lit caverns of the Waitomo Caves
, the craft and antique shops of Cambridge
, the Kiwi House at Otorohanga
and the charming seaside village of Raglan
. And if you want some fresh air and exercise, head to one of the 38 golf courses in the Waikato
region to practise your swing and enjoy the crisp country air.
Hamilton has a number of campgrounds and holiday parks
catering to the needs of travellers enjoying a New Zealand camping holiday. Whether you're looking for a campsite to pitch your tent; a cabin; or a caravan park for your campervan / RV you'll find the widest choice here.
Central North Island
, surrounding the lower and central reaches of the Waikato
Temperate with mild, wet winters and summers that are warm and dry.