About Waikato

Situated in the hub of New Zealand’s agricultural centre, the Waikato takes its name from the river, New Zealand’s longest, meaning ‘meeting of the waters’.

As the fourth largest city in New Zealand, Hamilton is at the heart of the Waikato region. With minimal traffic issues and an international airport you can still be part of the bustle with a rapidly growing restaurant and café culture. Hamilton offers a choice of places to relax, enjoy and do business with a great mix of vibrant fine dining, leisure, lifestyle and activity choices for the whole family. With mountains, lakes, beaches, rivers, and many major tourist destinations within a few hours drive, Hamilton is the perfect hub for visiting guests.

The city‘s calendar is full of events like art festivals, theatre, river action and for the sports enthusiasts, Hamilton is a goldmine of opportunity. In 2018 we welcome the NZ International Sevens to their new home at Waikato Stadium, Seddon Park will host Black Caps cricket, while local clubs, parks, swimming pools, the Te Awa National Cycleway, netball courts, jogging tracks, horse trails, indoor cricket, golf, soccer and rock climbing offer something for everyone.

Waikato also has some of New Zealand’s best kept gardens with the beautiful themed Hamilton Gardens attracting more than 1.3 million visitors each year. Hamilton Zoo, located on 35 acres of land, has the largest free flight aviary in Australasia and also houses the New Zealand Forgotten Forest exhibition.

Hamilton offers a choice of places to relax, enjoy and do business with a great mix of vibrant fine dining, leisure, lifestyle and activity choices for the whole family. With mountains, lakes, beaches, rivers, and many major tourist destinations within a few hours drive, Hamilton is the perfect hub for visiting guests.

On your days off take a 40 minute drive to the west coast, visit Raglan and ride the southern hemisphere’s best left-hand break. (You’ll also find one of five WEL EV fast chargers in the centre of town).

The Waikato is world renowned for its dairy and beef industry and luscious green pastures with a mild climate and moderate year round rainfall. 

Want to learn more about what the Waikato and Hamilton can offer? www.hamiltonwaikato.com.