Hamilton (New Zealand)

Hamilton (Kirikiriroa in Māori) is an inland city in the Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island. The Waikato River, New Zealand's longest river, flows through the middle of the city. This effectively cuts the city in half, with Hamilton West containing the Central Business District and main shopping areas. Hamilton East, among other things, is home to The University of Waikato, resulting in a large student population.

Get in

Hamilton Gardens - Te Parapara Garden

By bus

Buses can be sometimes full, and sometimes empty, so it can pay to book a few days in advance. Booking in advance (particularly on the internet) can also save money - up to half the fare in some cases. In any case, travelling by bus is generally a cheap option, albeit a bit slow at times.

By car

Because New Zealand's major highway (SH 1) cuts through the city, getting to Hamilton is simple. Drive south down State Highway 1 (SH 1) from Auckland. Drive northbound on SH 1 from Taupo, or connect to SH 1 from Rotorua or the Bay of Plenty.

By train

The Northern Explorer train runs 3 days a week from Auckland to Hamilton (departs 7:45AM, arrives 10:15AM), at $48 per person one way, then continues to Wellington. It runs from Wellington to Hamilton on 3 other days a week (departs 7:55AM, arrives 4:30PM), costing from $139, and providing an opportunity to take in some beautiful New Zealand scenery, and the famous Raurimu Rail Spiral. See also: Rail travel in New Zealand.

By plane

Hamilton International Airport now hosts only domestic flights, with flights from Australia ceasing in 2012. It has regular direct flights from:

There are often limited specials available to/from Hamilton available on Grab-a-seat, Air New Zealand's website for its specials.

The airport is 14 km (9 mi) from town, so allow time for airport transfers. Taxis and shuttle buses are available. Passengers who arrive on flights late in the evening on Fridays and Saturdays should arrange transport in advance as taxis can be scarce. Also, be aware that fog can close the airport on winter mornings.

Get around

The CBD and shopping area is easily walkable. To get to other destinations, there is a bus service provided by Environment Waikato. Bus routes and times are available online , and cover the whole city. A single way ticket costs $3.10 and lasts for one hour. If you intend to use the bus service frequently, it may be worth investing in a BusIt card , an electronic card that although costs $5, will possibly save you money due to the discounts it provides on fares - a single way ticket with a BusIt card costs $2.30 and there is an opportunity to buy a full Day Pass for $7.00.

See

Do

Night glow at the Balloons over Waikato festival

Buy

Eat

Drink

Most of Hamilton's clubs are located with easy walking distance of each other, in the Victoria/Hood/Alexandra Street area.

Sleep

Hotel

Budget

Bed & Breakfast

Serviced Apartments

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