Tourist Attractions in Hamilton

Hamilton is the largest inland city in New Zealand and is a multicultural city with around 80 different ethnic groups.  Hamilton is a city full of attractions and interesting things to do.

Waikato River

The Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand and flows through the city.  A great way to see the river is by taking a cruise or a wine tasting excursion.  There are various cruises available and they depart from Hamilton Gardens and are available all through the year.

Hamilton Zoo

Hamilton Zoo is a great attraction and has over 600 species of animals and is the only place where visitors can see tapirs, fishing cats and there is a large free flight aviary.  The zoo also has zebras, giraffes, red pandas and lemurs and the highlight, Sumatran tigers.  Depending on the time of year that you visit, you see various animals breeding and the zoo actively participates in breeding programmes for endangered animals like the white rhino.


Waterworld is a large aquatic centre in New Zealand and is a great place to visit in sunny or rainy weather.  It is a great family outing with a hydro-slide for the children and an outdoor Splashpad for smaller children.  Club Aqua Gym is for those who are serious about swimming or you can enjoy a BBQ in the picnic area or enjoy the food from the café.

Hamilton Lake

One of the best parks in Hamilton is Hamilton Lake Domain and is close to the CBD and a popular recreational facility.  The park offers a range of water and land activities and has a unique ecological environment.  The lake offers yachting, surfing, canoeing, paddling and a range of water activities.  Innes Common is used for land sports like hockey and cricket and is where the Gallagher Hockey Centre is located.  Organised events like fairs and family days are held here and a fun event to attend if you are in the area is the Waikato Balloon Festival.  This area is a great place for families and has a great picnic area.

Hamilton Adventures

Perplexity is an adventure room and is a fun activity that groups of people can take part in.  You and your group get to explore a room to find clues and finish the challenge.  Much like playing at best online casinos for Canadians, this is a fun activity that will keep players captivated for the duration.

Another adventure is known as Confinement and is a team building activity found in Hamilton.  Groups are locked in a room and have one hour to find an escape route using teamwork and by thinking outside the box.  It is a fantastic way to be creative and enjoy something completely different and exciting that stimulates the brain.

Blastacars Drift Karts

There is a 300 m indoor track where a maximum of 12 drivers’ race custom made drift karts.  The track is not easy and has wide corners and the karts are easy and fun to drive and are the perfect adrenaline rush for adults and children.