- Mystery Creek Field Days happens every June and brings tens of thousands to the area, If you're planning to visit in June - check the dates and book early.
- Hamilton's name in Maori is Kirikiriroa which means 'long stretch of gravel'. Not the most exciting name until you realise its sits well with the Waikato - which translates from Maori to mean 'flowing water'. Very fitting for the longest river in New Zealand.
- Hamilton Zoo has all manner of exotic creatures and a huge free flight aviary for native New Zealand birds.
- If you're heading to Hobbiton near Matamata, make a detour to Opal HotSprings. It's gorgeous!
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