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Hamilton
Travel Guide

Hamilton has the appeal of a country town and the cultural attractions of a city, and is close to many of New Zealand’s popular attractions on the North Island.

The stunning coast of the Coromandel and Mount Maunganui, Rotorua’s hot springs, the caves of Waitomo and Raglan’s perfect surf are all within easy reach of Hamilton. The inland city also has its own charming attractions, including gardens and museums.

Even though it’s the fourth largest city in New Zealand, Hamilton has less than 150,000 residents. It’s a laid-back place with a vibrant café culture, along with a thriving art and music scene. The North Island city also has a proud sporting history centred around the rugby union team The Chiefs.

Hamilton is situated along the the Waikato River, the longest river in the country. You can enjoy its jade green waters by boarding the Waikato River Explorer. This cruise will take you through Hamilton and into the countryside.

Visit the Waikato Museum, with detailed displays of the area’s settler past, both Māori and European. Admire the comprehensive collection of visual art and explore science.

The free Hamilton Gardens showcase a superb collection of New Zealand’s native plants and international garden designs.

Hamilton is close to the deep, majestic Waitomo Caves, which are lit up by thousands of glowworms. Abseil into the caves and tube the rest during an exhilarating “black-water rafting” tour. For a calmer day out, head to leafy Cambridge, with its elegant boutique stores and cafés, or take the kids to the Kiwi House and Native Bird Park in Otorohanga or Hamilton Zoo.

After seeing all the nearby highlights, explore more of the North Island’s stunning natural beauty by visiting beaches, white-capped mountains and forests with hot springs.

Hamilton’s compact size makes it easy to navigate on foot. There’s also a free shuttle bus that runs a circuit of the city every 10 minutes. The climate is mild year-round, though winter nights can get very cold

Where to stay in Hamilton

Novotel Tainui Hamilton
Novotel Tainui Hamilton
4.5 out of 5
7 Alma Street, Hamilton
The price is £103 per night from 4 Apr to 5 Apr

This family-friendly Hamilton hotel is located in the business district, just steps away from Hamilton Central Business District and SkyCity Hamilton. Waikato ...

4.4/5Excellent! (977 reviews)

"Locality, friendly staff. Room very comfortable. Quiet stay."…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2021

Novotel Tainui Hamilton
Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton
Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton
3.5 out of 5
23 Clarence Street, Hamilton
The price is £82 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Located in the heart of Hamilton, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Waikato Museum of Art and History, SkyCity Hamilton and Waikato Hospital. Hamilton Gardens ...

4.3/5Excellent! (977 reviews)

"great place to stay - close to town and will stay again"…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2021

Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton
Days Hotel & Suites Hamilton
Days Hotel & Suites Hamilton
3 out of 5
287 Victoria Street, Hamilton
The price is £77 per night from 3 Apr to 4 Apr

Located in the heart of Hamilton, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of SkyCity Hamilton and Hamilton Centre Place. Southern Cross Hospital and Claudelands ...

3.8/5Good! (570 reviews)

"The new Lift was being installed. It will be great when all the renovations are complete.As a safety feature ,a the hand rail on the stairs should run ALL the way to the ground floor."…"

Reviewed on 5 Feb 2021

Days Hotel & Suites Hamilton
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Quest Hamilton
Quest Hamilton
4 out of 5
51 London Street, Cnr London and Victoria Streets, Hamilton
The price is £75 per night from 4 Apr to 5 Apr

Located in the heart of Hamilton, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hamilton Central Business District and SkyCity Hamilton. Waikato Hospital and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (263 reviews)

"We liked the character of the building being the old NZ dairy co head office. Had studio apartment well laid out, but found lighting poor. Car parking a bit different with car lifts. Excellent location with some good eating joints."…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2020

Quest Hamilton
Raglan Holiday Park
Raglan Holiday Park
2 out of 5
61 Marine Parade, Raglan
The price is £33 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar

Situated in Raglan, this beach campsite is within 1 mile (2 km) of Raglan & District Museum and Raglan Golf Club. Ngarunui Beach is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

4.4/5Wonderful! (206 reviews)

"I enjoyed my stay and would book it again. Located right be the beach and not far from town. The cabin was comfortable and well priced but slightly cramped. The hot showers were free but too short if I wanted to wash my hair."…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2021

Raglan Holiday Park
Opal Hot Springs & Holiday Park
Opal Hot Springs & Holiday Park
2 out of 5
257 Okauia Springs Road, Okauia
The price is £41 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Situated in Okauia, this golf campsite is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Matamata Golf Club and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Firth Tower Museum. Founders Park and Hobbiton Movie ...

4/5Very Good! (276 reviews)

"Stayed in a 5 person Bunkbed Cabin. It was comfy and clean. Easy access to toilet and shower block. Kids enjoyed the pool/s as did the adults."…"

Reviewed on 8 Feb 2021

Opal Hot Springs & Holiday Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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