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  • Hamilton Gardens
  • Riverside walks and cycleways
  • Zealong - NZ's only tea plantation


The city of Hamilton is nestled on the banks of the mighty Waikato River and is known for its award-winning Hamilton Gardens, gourmet eateries and colourful street art.

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 and cycleways. The visually stunning Hamilton Gardens are webbed by paths that journey through a gallery of themed gardens from grand Italy to tranquil Asia. Other city highlights include the Waikato Museum which provides an insight into the areas rich history and the Hamilton Zoo, which provides native birds with enormous freedom in a walk-through free flight aviary.

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 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(opens in new window) and Balloons over Waikato(opens in new window) festival draw crowds from far and wide.

Not only is there plenty to see and do in the city of Hamilton, it is the perfect base for exploring the wider Waikato region. Visit the Hobbiton™ Movie Set and explore the lush pastures of the Shire™. Enjoy the beach life and go for a surf at Raglan or for those looking for something a bit more adventurous, try abseiling into the Lost World at Waitomo.


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