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HamiltonNew Zealand

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 centered 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

Top Hotels in Hamilton

Novotel Tainui Hamilton
Novotel Tainui Hamilton
4.5 out of 5
7 Alma Street, Hamilton
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $160 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

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! (982 reviews)

"The staff are very friendly and helpful. The facilities are good and very good location. The car park is not very convenient and need to pay."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 22, 2020

Novotel Tainui Hamilton
Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton
Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton
3.5 out of 5
23 Clarence Street, Hamilton
The price is CA $122 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

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! (988 reviews)

"Second time visit, still as good as we remember. Very recommend it."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 23, 2020

Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton
Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
4 out of 5
34E Lake Street, Cambridge, Waikato
The price is CA $133 per night from Nov 12 to Nov 13

Located in the heart of Cambridge, this golf hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Cambridge i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Cambridge Raceway. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (53 reviews)

"Great stay, clean, new, great location, friendly stuff, yummy breakfast! Will definitely return."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 24, 2020

Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
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.

Vacation Rentals in Hamilton

Quest Hamilton
Quest Hamilton
4 out of 5
51 London Street, Cnr London and Victoria Streets, Hamilton
The price is CA $121 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 23

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! (250 reviews)

"Convenient location, tidy and spacious room for the whole family, with every amenity in-room required (kitchen, washing machine etc). Helpful front desk staff."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 26, 2020

Quest Hamilton
Raglan Holiday Park
Raglan Holiday Park
2 out of 5
61 Marine Parade, Raglan
The price is CA $34 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 5

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.

4.4/5Excellent! (193 reviews)

"Excellent location, picturesque walk across the estuary bridge to central town, restaurants & shopping. Family group of 7 inc 4 teenagers comfortably accommodated in two adjacent self contained, clean, well equipped units."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2020

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 CA $61 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 4

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! (267 reviews)

"Awesome customer service, the cabins are very clean and the pools are to due for. Definitely be back again, thanks guys."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 12, 2020

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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Reviews of Hamilton


Guest rating

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 17.391304347826086%
4 - Good
4 - Good 52.17391304347826%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 30.434782608695652%
2 - Disappointing
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
1 - Terrible 0%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jun 29, 2019

Was there for a conference and wasn’t able to see much of the city beyond a few nice restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Apr 2, 2019

Nice little town. We found a little Irish pub that was having a trivia night on a Wednesday evening and we had a great time participating. Every local person we spoke with were some of the friendliest people we've ever met.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 6, 2019

Dead after 6:00 PM

4/5 - Good


Feb 2, 2019

Nice little town

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 29, 2018

Enjoyed exploring James St North and Locke St. We were in Hamilton because of a play at Aquarius Theatre which we enjoyed very much. We had dinner at the restaurant beside the theatre which was perfect. Also enjoyed visiting Dundern Castle.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Sep 12, 2018

A nice small city. More interesting and beautiful than I thought it would be.

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