FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™

Hamilton / Kirikiriroa

Hamilton is the heart of the Waikato region and New Zealand’s fourth largest city. The Waikato region is surrounded by productive dairy farming land and a gateway to the country’s rural hinterland. It is an influential player in New Zealand’s agricultural and bio-tech economies. The city straddles the Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river, and also hosts several major events every year, including rugby Test matches and the HSBC NZ Sevens at FMG Waikato Stadium, the International Fieldays agricultural trade show, and the popular Balloons over Waikato hot-air ballooning festival. Hamilton is home to 165,000, with a large tertiary student population attending Wintec and University of Waikato. In 2020, Hamilton was awarded the title of most beautiful large city in New Zealand. In addition to its agricultural industries, Hamilton is famous for its rolling green hills, themed gardens and local zoo which has the largest free flight aviary in the southern hemisphere. Outdoor activities in Hamilton include mountain biking at Pukete Mountain Bike Park, which links cycling enthusiasts with nearby tracks such as Te Awa, The Great New Zealand River Ride. From an easy stroll to a challenging hike, Hamilton also offers popular walking tracks that weave through native New Zealand bush and showcase picturesque landscapes. The nearby western coast is home to Raglan Beach, famous for its long left-hand surf breaks. A short distance east of the city is Matamata, the location of the renowned Hobbiton film set where the Tolkien films were produced. WaiBOP Football Federation is domiciled in Hamilton, which is charged with delivering football across the region and operates the National Women’s League team. The ISPS Handa Men’s Premiership team, Hamilton Wanderers, is also based here.

Stadiums in Hamilton/Kirikiriroa

Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Waikato Stadium

Hamilton / Kirikiriroa

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