Hamilton Attractions and Activities
Hamilton is the fourth largest City in New Zealand and possibly the best place to base yourself to enjoy a variety of attractions and activities in the central North Island. Hamilton City has its own fair share of attractions and activities including Hamilton Zoo, Waterworld, Skycity and the Hamilton Gardens. One of Hamilton’s most popular activities is a hot air balloon ride. With perfect weather conditions you can see all the way to the mountains of Tongariro National Park. The balloon ride takes about four hours and finishes off with a champagne morning tea.
Hamilton is located on the banks of the Waikato River and there are plenty of ways to enjoy the scenery. A walkway extends all the way from the City to the outlying countryside along the river providing excellent cycling, running and walking conditions. You can enjoy a boat cruise or hire a canoe along the Waikato River or wander through the art galleries, museums and parklands. Other Hamilton attractions and activities include paintball, rock climbing, go karts, golf and a visit to the Donkey Farm. Hamilton tours include day trips to the Waitomo Caves, Waiheke Island wine tours and tours to Hobbiton, featuring scenes from the Lord of the Rings. You can also take a half tour of Hamilton and discover the highlights of the City first hand with your experienced guide.
Hamilton is within easy reach of Rotorua attractions and the Kiwihouse at Otorohanga. The nearby hot pools at Te Aroha Mineral Pools will help you relax after a day of activities. The West Coast surf beach settlement of Raglan is a short drive away for those that are looking for some of the longest surf breaks in world. Hamilton has excellent shopping with large department stores and boutique shops providing plenty of choice and variety. Dining out options cover a wide range from fine dining to cosy cafes and takeaway food outlets, you’ll find it all in Hamilton.
Hamilton accommodation has something for everyone from budget accommodation through to quality hotels and luxurious bed and breakfasts. Hamilton holds regular markets which are run on a large scale and feature local artists, foods and produce from around the area. The ITM Hamilton 400 V8 Supercars event is held in April each year and Mystery Creek, the largest agricultural exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere is held each June. Talk to our travel agents about booking your place to stay in conjunction with your favourite Hamilton attractions and activities.