Hamilton is young, relaxed and down to earth. The city has a rich blend of history, many cultures and its energy is reflected in its people, who are extremely friendly and take genuine pleasure in welcoming visitors.

The city also boasts some wonderful attractions and activities to keep its guests entertained during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.

Hamilton Gardens, for example, is a must-see and one of New Zealand's most renowned tourist destinations. Here, you will experience a unique journey exploring garden designs that have been authentically recreated from their country of origin.

In the heart of Hamilton's cultural precinct, the Waikato Museum delivers a rich experience of the arts and culture of the region, while Hamilton Zoo is situated in acres of stunning grounds that are home to over 650 exotic and endangered species.

Why not view Hamilton's ever-changing vista along the walkway bordering the Waikato River and stretching the length of the city? And with the city so close, your stroll can easily be diverted with a break at one of the city's many cafes, restaurants and bars all located within walking distance of each other.

Those in need of serious retail therapy, meanwhile, are in good hands, with a world of choice from boutiques and high-end fashion stores to malls and dedicated discount shops. As for after dark, whether you're looking for intimate dining, catching a movie, bar-hopping or attending the theatre, there is no end to the entertainment on offer within the city.

Hamilton, located in the Central North Island, is the hub of the surrounding region, known as the Waikato. Access to exceptional surfing beaches in Raglan, hot mineral pools in Te Aroha, glowworm caves in Waitomo and many attractions around the region that the whole family can enjoy, are located within an hour's drive from the city:

  • Get behind-the-scenes to discover more about The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy at Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tours in Matamata
  • Chill out in the coastal town of Raglan, home to one of the world's longest left-hand surf breaks
  • Experience underground tours and adventures at glow-worm caves in Waitomo
  • Soak in the natural hot mineral pools in Te Aroha and see the world's only hot soda water geyser.

Be sure to check out www.visithamilton.co.nz for many other attractions and activities Hamilton has to offer.