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Spotlight on Hamilton, New Zealand


New Zealand’s city of Hamilton is located on both banks of the river Waikato on the North Island. It’s a fast-growing city with a mixed and vibrant economy, of which the dairy industry is the biggest employer. Hamilton is built on the Kahikatea and Raupo lands that were previously swamps but are now some of New Zealand’s most fertile land. University education and research are well established and strongly promoted, with the University of Waikato, Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), Fairfield College and the Ruakura Research Centre at the forefront.

Hamilton’s natural location means that winters (June, July and August) are mainly frosty, foggy, cool and wet . However summers (December, January and February) are generally warm and dry.

At Hamilton Central, you’ll discover vibrant entertainment, excellent shopping opportunities in lively streets and characterful bars, coffee houses and restaurants. This is also the nightlife centre. By contrast, in The old Town Belt, Hamilton Lake Domain, Seddon Park, Founders Theatre and Waikato Stadium provide altogether different experiences.

Hamilton also hosts the New Zealand Chamber Soloists, the Gallagher Concert Chamber and the Opus Chamber Orchestra. The city’s modern music festivals and street parties include some of New Zealand’s largest, such as Parachute and Soundscape. The various theatres; Founders, Meteor and Clarence St, are characterful. The  Arts Post Gallery and the Astronomical Society Observatory are well worth visiting.

The Hamilton Central Library heritage collection is very comprehensive. Waikato Museum provides a wealth of local information. Hamilton Gardens, which also host an annual Summer Festival, are lovely.

Hamilton’s annual National Car Show and National Boat Show are well established and attended.

For a short drive, you can visit the the home of Māori King Tuheitia Paki and Turangawaewae Marae at Ngaruawahia.

Photo credits: Sid Mosdell, Michael Wifall, Steve Cadman, Heike Quosdorf, Phillip Capper

Karen Bryan

As well as writing about travel, Karen Bryan offers tips on saving money, frugal living and how to live well on less, on her site Help Me To Save

Posted : Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 10:00
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