Hamilton Travel Guide

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Hamilton Overview

Hamilton is the largest inland city in New Zealand and 5th largest city overall. It lies in the Waikato region of the north island. Because of its location along the Waikato River, it has a history rich in Maori culture. Its fertile land has made Hamilton and the surrounding areas great for agriculture.

Hamilton is home to the Hamilton Gardens, Waikato University, and a good entry point to Raglan and the Waitomo Caves.

While there are more exciting things to see and do in New Zealand, Hamilton is a good stop for anyone wanting to relax or check out the dining/nightlife. Downtown Hamilton is full of shops, cafes, and bars - there is something for every palate!

You see Hamilton is not the number one tourist city in New Zealand but there are many varied activities and attractions that make a visit worthwhile.
If you are interested in the unique Maori culture visit the Museum of History and Art. If you prefer a relaxing place you will like the idyllic Hamilton Lake, a walk along the Waikato River and the great Hamilton Gardens.
If you love family fun a trip to the zoo or to Waterworld (pools) might be welcome.
If you are the shopping and/or restaurant fan Victoria Street (one of Hamilton’s main streets) will be the perfect location.
It doesn’t matter what you enjoy most or what you don’t really like, Hamilton and its surrounding areas offer one favourite for everyone.

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