Metropolitan vibe & rural charm

At the heart of the Hamilton & Waikato region are its towns and main city of Hamilton, each with its own character and charm.

The region’s main metropolis of Hamilton is located on the banks of the Waikato River and the city’s rich cultural mix and vibrant centre make it a perfect place to experience the friendly Kiwi lifestyle.

The city’s nightlife is making a name for itself with sophisticated restaurants and eateries offering a variety of internationally inspired cuisine alongside delicious local kiwi fare. The south end of the central city is abuzz with wine bars, pubs, clubs and a casino, many showcasing DJs and live bands.

A world of retail outlets awaits shoppers, from high-street fashion to funky local boutiques and unique homeware and gift shops.

Culturally the city has an eclectic artistic community and the distinctive Waikato Museum showcases a diverse range of art, history and interactive exhibitions.

The Hamilton Gardens is undoubtedly one of city’s most impressive attractions. Spread across 58 hectares the stunning gallery of themed gardens includes romantic England, tranquil Asia and traditional Maori.

Equally as popular with families, Hamilton Zoo is home to over 600 native and exotic animals and visitors can experience an exciting “Eye-2-Eye” behind the scenes animal encounter.

At the heart of the city, the Waikato River is one of the most iconic features and the simplest way to enjoy it is by taking a scenic cruise or riverside walk.

River cruises glide peacefully through the tree-lined cityscape, offering the chance to learn more about the city’s history and culture.

The region’s charming surrounding towns are home to boutique cafes, art galleries and antique shops as well as a plethora of outdoor activities, walks and attractions.

An array of artisan producers, including gourmet coffee roasters, winemakers, cheese makers, and produce growers are also scattered around the outskirts of the towns, as well as galleries displaying local and national works of art and sculpture.

With an international and domestic airport in the main city of Hamilton and the added bonus of its central location, the region is also an ideal base from which to explore wider central north island.

Visit for more information on what to do and see in the Hamilton & Waikato Region.

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