Hamilton is New Zealand biggest inland city on North Island. It is located on both banks of the Waikato River about 80 miles from Auckland. It has more than 40,000 students on campus at any given time in the three big educational institutions. A long river walkway and the lakeshore area on Hamilton Lake offer plenty of recreational activities. You can visit the Waitomo Caves, take winery tours, and chill out in the hot mineral spas of Te Aroha. It is a big place, and you will need to get a car for hire in Hamilton to see all this.
Book your car rental in Hamilton right now and plan out an itinerary that includes a visit to the Victoria Bridge and Memorial Park and then the PS Rangiriri at Parana Park on Memorial Drive. If you want to take a break, head to Hamilton Lake or the Garden Place. Both are within the city and are great places for a nice stroll, picnic, or just to take a break, sit back, and watch the world flow by. The Earth’s Blanket is an interesting sculpture, and you may want to visit Waikato Museum. Hamilton Zoo is on Bymer Road, and there is a donkey farm on Whitikahu Road in Gordonton.
The first vines that were planted near Hamilton were in Rongopai. Today, Rongopai Wines is an award-winning producer located high above Lake Waikare in the town of Te Kauwhata. A similar picturesque experience can be enjoyed at Hilltop Wines, with a vineyard set in a garden up on a hill overlooking the Waikato countryside between Hamilton and Cambridge. Other wineries that are worth visiting include Mystery Creek Wines and Vilagrad Wines in Ohapu.
Many of the good hotels are on Ulster Street and Victoria Street. Your choices include the Country Comfort Alcamo Hotel, Le Grand Hotel, and Victoria Hotel Suites. The backpackers are likewise on Victoria Street, and there is a Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Hostel on the corner of Clarence and Pembroke streets. Microtel YHA is on 140 Ulster Street. If you want to camp out, Hamilton City Holiday Park is on Ruakura Road, and Narrows Park outside the city is on the Airport Road.
Hamilton is the perfect location for a gateway into central North Island. Get a car for rent in Hamilton and head for a coastal getaway in Raglan or visit the magical Waitomo Caves. You can cook yourself to a slow boil in the hot mineral spas of Te Aroha or take a Hobbiton Movie Set tour in Matamata.
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