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Hamilton and WaikatoCulture, history and scenic beauty

Nestled on the banks of the Waikato River on New Zealand’s North Island, Hamilton is one of the country’s fastest-growing cities and home to more than 175,000 people. Originally supporting the region’s agricultural industries, Hamilton now hosts a thriving student population and entertainment life, and is gateway to the region’s cornucopia of tourism and event offerings. Ramada Hamilton City Centre sits in the middle of the action on Victoria Street in bustling Hamilton Central, where a rich retail precinct will keep the keenest shoppers busy all day and a range of award-winning bars and restaurants offer fresh, modern fares.

Explore the Waikato River – New Zealand’s longest – on a boat cruise or stroll, and discover the city’s cultural and historic offerings for yourself. Waikato Museum offers insights into the region’s rich cultural history via art exhibitions and hands-on children’s activities, and ever-popular Hamilton Gardens showcases the gardens of the world across 58 hectares of visually-stunning and sweet-smelling arrangements to more than one million visitors each year. At nearby Stadium Waikato, catch the Chiefs in Super Rugby action, or take in some test cricket or a T20 match at Seddon Park.

As well as the many things to see and do in beautiful Hamilton, the city is also gateway to wider Waikato region’s stunning landscapes and array of scenic, adventure and cultural attractions. The famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves is a network of limestone caverns where guests take a subterranean boat ride to see the sparkling resident glowworms, with climbing and abseiling options available for the more adventurous at heart. Lord of the Rings fans can live out their Middle-Earth fantasies with dinner at Bag End or a visit to the Green Dragon Inn at the Hobbiton Movie Set, while high tea at Zealong Tea Estate makes for a serene afternoon in the country’s only commercial tea estate.

While most visitors to Hamilton and the Waikato region will self-drive, busses and taxis are available, as are the major car hire companies. Hamilton Airport, just 20 minutes from the city, provides regular domestic flights to other major centres in New Zealand, and day tours are available to the most popular attractions throughout Waikato.

Hamilton boasts some of New Zealand’s warmest weather during the dry summer months, with temperatures reaching over 28 degrees Celsius.

Wet winters are typical here, where the mercury averages below 5 degrees Celsius and mysterious fog blankets the Waikato River through the city centre each morning.

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