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As the fourth largest city in New Zealand, Hamilton offers all the modern comforts you would expect from a metropolitan city as well as an abundance of attractions and plentiful open spaces.

The majestic river, parks and gardens offer relaxing spaces and beautiful surrounds, and its rich cultural mix and vibrant centre make it a great place to spend time in, with fantastic shopping, thriving arts and culture and a prominent cuisine scene.

Excellent restaurants and cafes are plentiful throughout the city, offering a variety of internationally inspired cuisine alongside delicious local kiwi fare. The city has a thriving nightlife, and for sheer choice it’s hard to go past the south end of the central city which is abuzz with a casino, wine bars, pubs and clubs, with many showcasing DJs and live bands.

At the heart of the city, the Waikato River is one of the most iconic features and is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.  Gentle riverside walks hug the river and river cruises and kayak tours operate daily, offering the chance to learn more about the city’s rich history and culture.

Key attractions in the city include the 58-hectare Hamilton Gardens - featuring the unique themed gardens including the new Te Parapara Māori garden, and the award-winning Waikato Museum which celebrates the unique art, culture and history of the region.

A world of retail outlets also awaits shoppers, with everything from high-street fashion to funky local boutiques and unique home ware. In central Hamilton, Casabella Lane is a popular shopping spot with unique fashion and gift stores, and The Base and Chartwell Westfield shopping centres offer an abundance of shopping options. There are also bustling weekend markets, with fresh produce and artisan products for sale along with arts, crafts and gifts or browse the number of galleries and studios dotted throughout the region for unique local art pieces.

As the host city of world-class events including the 2010 World Rowing Championships, ITM 400 Hamilton and the National Agricultural Fieldays, Hamilton is well-versed in hosting visitors and is a growing centre for conventions and conferences with great venues, activities and accommodation.

Located in the heart of New Zealand’s richest agricultural area, Hamilton has also become a leading research and bio-technology centre, as well as a hub for business creativity and innovation across a wide range of sectors.

With the added bonus of Hamilton’s central location, it is an ideal base from which to explore the wider region.  Within one hour’s drive you can reach destinations such as the world-renowned Waitomo Caves, the premier surfing destination of Raglan and Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tours near Matamata, as well as Te Aroha with its rejuvenating mineral spas, the Waikato River Tails in South Waikato, kiwiana capital Otorohanga and stunning walking and hiking spots such as Mount Pirongia near Te Awamutu and Maungatautari Ecological Reserve near Cambridge.

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