Hamilton is the fourth largest city in New Zealand and one of the fastest growing. It is situated on the banks of the Waikato River only 1 hour 30 minutes from Auckland (127km).
Hamilton is the heart of the Waikato region which is famous for its farms and agricultural background though is now a vibrant city with a thriving dining and events scene.
What to see and do in Hamilton
Hamilton Gardens: Explore the International award-winning themed gardens (free entry and parking).
Hamilton Night Market: Great place for authentic international cuisine and knick-knacks to buy. Kmart carpark, Bryce Street, Hamilton. Every Saturday 5pm-11pm.
Hamilton Zoo: See over 600 native and exotic animals including tigers, giraffes, rhinos, and more. www.hamiltonzoo.co.nz
Hot Air Balloon Rides: The only commercial balloon in the North Island. Take a one-hour flight over the city, farmlands and the Waikato River. www.kiwiballooncompany.co.nz
Riff Raff Statue: A statue dedicated to Richard O'Brien, the creator of the original Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The Base: New Zealand's largest shopping center with over 190 stores (including the largest cinema screen in the country). Corner of Te Rapa and Avalon Drive. www.kiwiproperty.com/the-base/en/
Waikato Museum: This museum displays the strong Maori history and pioneering heritage of the region. Includes exhibitions designed specifically for children. waikatomuseum.co.nz
Waikato River: Stroll along the banks of the Waikato River for an escape from hectice city life right in the heart of the city.
Average Temperatures in Hamilton
The climate in Hamilton is fairly temperate with around 2100 hours of sunshine per year. Below are the average temperatures in Hamilton. In summer it can get up to 30ºC though in general it stays in the mid 20s. In winter there may be frost and fog in the morning.
Summer (December to February): High: 23ºC - Low: 12ºC
Autumn (March to May): High: 20ºC - Low: 9ºC
Winter (June to August): High: 14ºC - Low: 5ºC
Spring (September to November): High: 18ºC - Low: 8ºC
Places to visit near Hamilton
Cambridge: Town with antique stores and unique gift shops.
Hobbiton: The movie set of the Hobbit's village
Lake Karapiro: Home to Rowing New Zealand
Otorohanga: The Kiwiana town of New Zealand with its famous Kiwi House.
Raglan: One of the longest left-hand surf breaks in the world which is popular with local and international surfers. Raglan is on the West Coast only 45 minutes from Hamilton.
Waitomo Caves: Explore the underground caves with their beautiful glowworms.
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