The city of Hamilton is nestled on the banks of the mighty Waikato River and is known for its gourmet food scene, award-winning gardens & vibrant nightlife
The city of Hamilton is located on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, which is best appreciated from one of the scenic riverside walks or boat cruise. The visually stunning Hamilton Gardens showcase a history of gardens through time with a gallery of themed gardens from renaissance Italy to traditional Maori. Other city highlights include the Waikato Museum, the Hamilton zoo, which provides native birds with enormous freedom in a walk-through free flight aviary and a number of gourmet food experiences including tours and tastings from local award-winning producers.
Hamilton's central precinct is easy to walk and packed with cafes, restaurants, a casino and bars where you can wine, dine and dance the night away. The city is also well known for its thriving arts community and as a destination for national and international events from sporting matches such as rugby, cricket, netball, rowing and boxing to concerts and festivals. Annual events such as the National Agricultural Fieldays and Balloons over Waikato festival draw crowds from far and wide.