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Hamilton Lake

Hamilton is New Zealand’s biggest city without connection to the sea and the capital of the Waikato region, too.

The city is known for its Waikato University, the big zoo, and the pretty Hamilton Gardens or the Waikato Museum of Art and History. Even if you aren’t the greatest art fan on earth you should come and have a look around because the museum often hosts exhibitions with free entry (and that’s a real bargain). Once I’ve been to a pretty informative Antarctica exhibition with a lot of little self-experiments.


Hamilton’s lively main street with heaps of shopping possibilities, restaurants and cafés (I recommend ‘The Cheesecake Shop’ for people with a sweet tooth), the city library, a cinema and the Waikato Museum is the Victoria Street.

Summer feeling
I quite like the street’s location close to the Waikato River because it’s pretty easy to combine a museum’s visit or a shopping tour with a relaxed walk along the water.  


There has been a long but also interesting development from the original Maori village Kirikirioa to the modern and busy city of Hamilton.


Another important fact, I really appreciate, is the nice connection between busy city life and relaxing freedom here in Hamilton. That means you’ve absolutely no difficulties in leaving a sometimes annoying business life behind you because a walk or a bike ride along the Waikato River or around the Hamilton Lake compensate for a stressful day. I totally like these escapes in a quieter and more peaceful world even if this distraction lasts for a short hour.


Hamilton offers many varied activities, which could be interesting for tourists although the city is no real tourist magnet. But a family visit at the zoo, a picnic and a minigolf match by the lake or a fun day at Waterworld with its swimming pools, water slides and barbecues are worth an experience as well.


I’m completely lucky, to spend the main part of my kiwi time in a green and friendly city because I’m absolutely no fan of daily big city life by a long shot, though.

  

Petra2111 says:
Hope to go for a month and explore both island in 2014 when we are married for 25 years. Can't wait!!
Posted on: Feb 06, 2009
Koralifix says:
Thanks! Yep, it's definitely worth a visit!
Posted on: Feb 04, 2009
ice4swervin says:
Great pics Kora, now I have somewhere else I want to visit!
Posted on: Feb 04, 2009
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Hamilton Lake
Hamilton Lake
Summer feeling
Summer feeling
The Hamilton Gardens - one of the …
The Hamilton Gardens - one of the…
Maori art (Hamilton Gardens)
Maori art (Hamilton Gardens)
Hello spring!
Hello spring!
Silver Fern - the green symbol NZs
Silver Fern - the green symbol NZ's
After 8.30 in the evening
After 8.30 in the evening
One of Hamiltons many green areas
One of Hamilton's many green areas
Waikato River
Waikato River
Modern art in front of the Waikato…
Modern art in front of the Waikat…
The latest mobile home model ;-)
The latest mobile home model ;-)
The sun is going down ...
The sun is going down ...
View from the water reservoir
View from the water reservoir
Green, green everywhere
Green, green everywhere
A welcome
A welcome
The temple
The temple
Hamilton
photo by: Koralifix