Nestled on the banks of the Waikato River, Hamilton is a city that offers everything from modern sporting facilities, world-class art galleries and award-winning museums, all set against a stunning riverside landscape. The city is a popular destination for live events and international sports, so there is almost always something going on to create a buzzing atmosphere. Hamilton’s huge range of modern attractions, coupled with its selection of stunning urban parks and gardens, make it a diverse and intriguing destination for even the most seasoned traveller.
Hamilton is a fashionable and diverse city that offers visitors numerous options when it comes to places to stay. Those on an extended trip - perhaps for business - might wish to consider opting for serviced apartments over traditional hotels however, as these provide many of the same benefits, such as reception and room cleaning, whilst offering a degree of privacy that lends itself to a more productive environment. Whether you are seeking a luxury studio or larger corporate housing in Hamilton, the Squa.re present a range of some of the best properties in the area - each of which comes with a range of mod cons, secure access and full kitchen facilities for those who prefer to self-cater.
A culturally and geographically diverse are such as that surrounding Hamilton naturally offers a whole host of exciting things to see and do - whether you are seeking off-road adventure or high culture, the city has something for you. It is also a fantastic place from which to explore other parts of New Zealand’s north island, with numerous options for daytime excursions from the city centre.
The city has plenty of attractions for both young and old - from adventure parks and zoos to cutting edge leisure and entertainment complexes. There are also plenty of cultural offerings, as Hamilton has some fascinating museums and plenty of art galleries, theatres and live venues offering a range of evening and daytime entertainment. Alternatively, you can delve into the history of Polynesian culture at one of the any heritage sites throughout the city.
Those who enjoy more adventurous pursuits can pay a visit to the region's famous cave networks, the stunning national park or lake Lake Rotoroa - which has regular sailing and watersports events throughout the year. Whatever you enjoy doing, you will find that Hamilton has plenty to offer and more.
Hamilton has some of the best restaurants anywhere in New Zealand. Some of the best places to eat are the quirky local places, such as Alpha Street Kitchen & Bar, Iguana Street Bar & Restaurant as well as Hayes Common - all of which offer a laid-back atmosphere in which to enjoy local specialties. For something more upmarket, Palate restaurant offers modern NZ cuisine served in an open space overlooking woods & the Waikato River.
Hamilton has numerous options when it comes to retail therapy. Westfield Chartwell is arguably the city’s premier shopping centre, with some 3 floors and 300,000-plus sq feet of fashion brands and consumer goods stores. Hamilton Central Shopping Centre is another good choice if you are seeking a one-stop-shop, as this offers everything from designer fashion to everyday groceries. Finally Centre Place is another of the city’s major shopping centres and is also flanked by several other retailers on the surrounding streets.
Hamilton is a great place for those who enjoy the outdoors, with Parana Park, Taitua Arboretum and Hamilton Gardens between them offering adventure playgrounds, tranquil green spaces and immaculate flowerbeds. The Classics Museum is another popular tourist attraction, with numerous examples of classic cars and other historic vehicles. To experience local culture, the Waikato Museum features galleries dedicated to traditional arts and crafts of the region.
Hamilton itself is easy to get around thanks to its network of buses, which offer multiple routes across the centre as well as out towards Cambridge, Coromandel, Huntly, Mangakino. However, the Waikato is notorious for its overall lack of public transport, so those wishing to see the wider area are advised to consider renting their own vehicle for the duration of their stay. The airport can be reached easily enough as the city provides a shuttle bus service.
Several domestic and international companies operate out of Hamilton, with the research and digital sectors particularly well represented. AgResearch Ltd, for example, is NZs largest research institute and based locally. Livestock Improvement Corporation is also a leading light in genetic research for livestock. There are also numerous independent firms dedicated to agriculture and local-scale manufacturing.
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