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Living in Waikato
The Waikato is the heart of New Zealand’s North Island, and right next door to some of the country’s most popular tourist destinations.
Excellent surfing and swimming beaches are only 40 minutes away at Raglan, or it’s an hour and a half to Mount Maunganui or the Coromandel Peninsula. Waikato University is the closest university to the North Island’s central snow covered mountain ski areas and Lake Taupo.
The popular geothermal tourist resort of Rotorua is less than one-hour drive. Forest parks, lakes, thermal hot pools and limestone caves can be found all over the Waikato region. Lake Karapiro, only 25 minutes from Hamilton, offers world class rowing and water sports facilities.
If you’re not claustrophobic you could head underground and experience the thrill of caving – float through limestone caves on inner tubes or even abseil down into the famous ‘Lost World’ at Waitomo Caves, just 40 minutes drive from Hamilton.
Fishing, tramping, mountain biking are particularly well catered for, with the Waikato becoming the extreme sports capital of New Zealand. For big smoke entertainment, Hamilton is only 90 minutes drive from Auckland.
Hamilton is a student city. With more than 25,000 people in tertiary study Hamilton caters for every student need. It has a huge range of things for students to do and see, with shopping malls, pubs, sporting venues, art galleries, you name it – all within 15 minutes by car.
With over 120,000 residents, Hamilton has all the energy of a thriving urban centre, but without the big city stresses. For students on a budget Hamilton’s rent prices are some of the cheapest in New Zealand. Traffic hassles are minimal and all parking at the the University is free.
Shop till you drop
Hamilton offers an excellent shopping experience for all, with department stores, markets and fashion shops all within walking distance of each other. In the main area of the city, you can find eateries, gift shops, chain stores and cinemas.
You could take a stroll through the beautiful Hamilton Gardens, or walk, jog, or picnic along one of the walkways that run alongside the mighty Waikato River. Hamilton Zoo, located on 35 acres of land, has the second largest free flight aviary in the world and also houses the New Zealand Forgotten Forest exhibition.
If you revel in the great outdoors, Hamilton has many parks and walkways. With the Waikato River running through the heart of the city there are many pretty walking and running tracks along it’s length. If you just want to relax and enjoy the scenery, take a cruise up the river on the Waipa Delta paddleboat. The night dinner cruise is particularly popular. A must see for gardeners is Hamilton Gardens, situated on Cobham Drive. It is a floral picture with many wonderful plants and theme gardens. After the gardens, to keep the children happy, take them to the Hamilton Zoo. It has become one of N.Z.’s finest, open daily from 9a.m. – 5p.m., with a large range of animals such as, tigers, zebra, giraffes and wildlife.
Mystery Creek is also situated on the outskirts of Hamilton. It has become famous as the home of the Agricultural Fielddays every June. This event is a farmers paradise where he can view all the latest farming equipment and techniques. The rest of the year Mystery Creek is used for many sporting and cultural events.
The people of Waikato are into their sport in a big way. There are many great venues including the new Waikato Stadium, home of the Chiefs rugby team, Westpac Trust Park for the cricket, and the Waikato Racing Club’s Racecourse at Te Rapa.
No matter when you visit the city there’s sure to be some sporting event to entertain you and don’t forget to wear your red, yellow and black colours!
For the keen golfer who just can’t leave his clubs at home, there are many golf clubs in and around Hamilton with reasonable green fees. A popular course for the whole family to match their skills is “Pitch & Putt” 18 hole, 3 par course off Hukunui Road.
If you and your friends are up for real adventure then take a ¾ hour drive out of town to Waitomo Caves. Surrounded by picturesque native bush, here is where you can take on more courageous pursuits. Black Water Rafting, Underground Cave Exploring, Horse-Trekking or just check out the natural Glowworm Caves. There is accommodation here for back-packers or the old-fashioned atmosphere of the Waitomo Hotel.
Another popular tourist destination, 22kms south of Hamilton, is the attractive English-style “Town of Trees”- Cambridge. The heart of the N.Z. Thoroughbred Industry, there are many stud farms, including world famous “Cambridge Stud” in the area. Check out the Information Centre for details of stud tours which are well worth a visit. Antique shops and cafes abound in Cambridge. If you’re searching for that special piece of antique jewellery or furniture, you just might find it here.
Just south of Cambridge is Lake Karapiro famous for it’s water sports. This is a great spot to take a picnic and watch the rowers or water-skiers that are bound to be in action. Alternatively take a walk across the top of the Karapiro Dam which is quite awe-inspiring.
If you’re visiting the area in the cooler months you might like a visit to the Waingaro Hot Pools, situated about ½ an hour inland from Ngaruawahia. This is a great place to relax in hot pools, spas, or for a bit more fun – try the hydroslide. Set in green bush, relax and take a drink at the hotel overlooking the pools.
Anytime you visit Hamilton I’m sure you’ll be impressed with it’s friendly people and fun things to do. If you want a true taste of “green” New Zealand you’ve come to the right city!