The best of Hamilton city

A fast-growing metropolitan city situated on the banks of the majestic Waikato River.

The riverside city of Hamilton is one of the country’s fastest growing and has the attractions to go with it, whether you’re looking for family fun or a thriving nightlife.

Don't miss:

- Cafes, Nightlife, Restaurants
Hamilton’s sophisticated, vibrant restaurant scene is a mix of modern urban eateries and cafes offering visitors a variety of tasty Asian and Mediterranean inspired cuisine alongside award winning local fare. 

- Hamilton Zoo
Hamilton Zoo boasts a large free-flight aviary and 'Face2Face' animal encounters for an extra special visit. With tigers, Giraffe's, lemurs, monkeys and more the Hamilton Zoo is a great day out for young and old.

- Hot Air Balloon Ride
Experience Hamilton city and the wider region from a different point of view with a Hot Air Balloon Ride. Take off into the sunrise from Hamilton Lake and drift across the stunning landscape and then enjoy a champagne breakfast.

- Waikato River
Experience the Waikato River with a sedate walk along the River Walks that cut through the city as they follow the banks of the might Waikato River, or head out onto the water with a scenic cruise.

- Hamilton Gardens
Hamilton Gardens is made up of 18 beautifully landscaped gardens fitting into five different collections: Paradise, Productive, Fantasy, Cultivar and Landscape. A popular wedding destination, the Hamilton Gardens is open year round and is free entry.

- Casino Entertainment
SKYCITY Hamilton features a large casino, several restaurants and sports bars, and the Megazone. Try your hand in the Casino, enjoy a delicious meal, or spend time with the family with Ten-pin bowling, Lasertag and Timezone on offer.

- Waikato Museum
Waikato Museum pays homage to the regions rich Maori history alongside the agricultural and innovative past that created that built Hamilton City. Regular interactive exhibitions are great for the family, while nearby art galleries provide an insight into the regions thriving arts sector.

- Shopping
If shopping is on the agenda visitors can take their pick from the many shopping complexes on offer. From European-style Casabella Lane to New Zealand's largest shopping complex The Base, or the CentrePlace or Chartwell malls.

- Riff Raff Statue
Dedicated to Richard O'Brien, the writer of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the Riff Raff Statue is not only a celebration of the birth place of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but a testament to the vibrant arts and creative scene in the city.

For more information visit the Hamilton & Waikato Tourism website

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