The City of Hamilton
Located in the Waikato region of New Zealand’s northern island, Hamilton is an inland city that has been built up around the famous Waikato River, the longest river in the country. Being developed along the river and its mainland position means that Hamilton is also one of the most beautiful cities in the country, and a must for many of the tourists that visit the country.
The river has effectively cut the city in half, and the east and west districts have taken up personalities of their own, with the Hamilton casino being a central hub of entertainment. On the west side of the river is the CBD of the city, and where most of the shopping and entertainment can be found. On the east side is the University of Waikato, meaning that the east side of the city has a large student population, making it extremely vibrant and on the go.
Hamilton – Things To See
Like with any New Zealand city, Hamilton is set against an amazing landscape. The city itself boasts a unique beauty, where much of the architecture has benefited from both Victorian and Maori influences. The scenery aside, there are a few popular thing tourists can see throughout the city, including the Hamilton Zoo, which is home to a variety of exotic animals from all over the world.
The Hamilton Gardens are another place all visitors should take a look at – which houses various types of gardens, including special themed gardens. Lastly, the Waikato Museum is another recommended place to see; the museum exhibits cultural and art displays both from around New Zealand and the rest of the world.
Hamilton – Things to Do
For those that would prefer to get involved in some of the entertainment and activities that the city has to offer, there is plenty to do. For starters, there is the Hamilton casino, and there are scores of different shopping venues offered on the west side of the river, including Centre Place Mall, The Base Te Rapa, and the Casebella Lane. These malls are open every day, all day, and include shops and entertainment facilities. Inside these malls and along the river are a number of well-known restaurants that cater to just about every pallet under the sun, and those interested in fine dining or cheap food will be well accommodated for.
If shopping or eating isn’t too appealing, then Hamilton’s nightlife can more than make up for it. With a mixture of friendly neighbourhood pubs, late-night bars, and many clubs to choose from, there is always something to do after the sun has gone down.
New Zealand is well-known for its gambling, and there are plenty of different casinos in Hamilton, such as the ones found at Flamboro Downs and the Mohawk racetrack. One of the most popular in the city is the SKYLINE Hamilton Casino, which is considered by many to be the most elegant casino in the country.
Hamilton – Worth Visiting
With all the entertainment options, spectacular views, Hamilton casino and unique tourist venues, Hamilton is definitely one of the best cities to visit in New Zealand. Thanks to its proximity to the main city of Auckland as well as many routes into the city, Hamilton is easy to get to and easy to stay in.