Welcome to Hamilton

Locals Know best!
How do you find the best of the best when you are staying in a city you don't know? Local knowledge!

Every business featured on What's Up in Your Pocket has been recommended by locals, so you can be confident you'll have a great experience when you visit them.

New Zealand’s fourth largest city, Hamilton is a thriving metropolitan hub on the banks of the Waikato River.

With great shopping, a diverse arts scene, vibrant nightlife, award-winning restaurants and artisan producers, Hamilton has all the buzz you’d expect from a big city mixed with the relaxed lifestyle Kiwis are renowned for.

Top 10 Activities for Family Fun
The Hamilton & Waikato region has something to suit the whole family. Warning: you may never want to leave! Here's a sample:
1. Experience the magic of glowworms at the Waitomo Caves. Enjoy the world-famous boat ride, gliding under thousands of twinkling glowworms.
2. Visit Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park to get up close to native wildlife and their natural habitats.
3. Explore the themed Hamilton Gardens and pick up an activity sheet from the Visitor Centre for the kids. The gardens include traditional Māori, Japanese, American modernist, Italian Renaissance just to name a few!
4. Enjoy an animal encounter at Hamilton Zoo. There's even the chance to go behind the scenes and get a private 'Eye2Eye' or 'Face2Face'.
5. Visit the Waikato Museum, with fun, interactive exhibitions designed specifically for children.
6. If the weather calls for indoor activities, there's a heap of fun things to do advertised in this book.
7. Take the family out on one of the region’s numerous cycling and/or walking tracks. There are hundreds of kilometres to explore.
8. Relax with a picnic at Hamilton Lake while the kids enjoy the adventure playground.
9. Take the family along to see the lush green hills and hobbit holes within them at Hobbiton Movie Set. You may even run into Pickles, the resident cat!
10. Get out on the water with a range of water activities. Dig your own natural hot water spa at Kawhia, or give kayaking or stand up paddle-boarding a try in Raglan Harbour.

We wish you an enjoyable stay

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