Whether you’re touring throughout New Zealand’s North Island or staying in Auckland, a great idea is to stop over in Hamilton for a few days. There are so many things to see – let’s take a look at just 10 of them:
Over the past few years, Hamilton’s restaurant and café scene has grown to become one of the best in New Zealand. You’ll find a range of places to eat, including artisan cafés, bars and bistros, and fine dining.
2. Beautiful Gardens
Hamilton Gardens is a great spot to visit if you want to go for a walk in the sunshine, or stop for a picnic. Make sure you see the beautiful Paradise Garden Collection, and Te Parapara, New Zealand’s first traditional Maori garden. A great idea is to get a Hamilton car rental so you can take a drive through Hamilton and enjoy the scenery.
3. Fun in the water
For some family fun, try Hamilton Pools. You can relax by the pool, and the children can enjoy Waterworld’s Hydroslides and inflatable toys. Or you can hire a car and drive out to the beachside town of Raglan – the perfect destination for beach and surf fans.
4. New Zealand History
While in Hamilton, you can visit Waikato Museum, the best place to discover New Zealand and Maori history, and beautiful works of art. Or check out the Woodlands Historic Homestead, Public Gardens and Café – this little piece of New Zealand history is not far from Hamilton CBD.
5. Hamilton Zoo
Hamilton has a great Zoo with over 600 native New Zealand and exotic animals, and features the largest walk-through aviary in Australasia.
6. Shopping in the CBD
Central Hamilton has many interesting shops, including fashion from local and international designers, crafts, as well as larger chain stores. There’s also an undercover mall that has great shops for browsing through on a rainy day.
7. Sports Games
Seddon Park and Waikato Stadium are always showing rugby and cricket games for sports fans. Don’t miss seeing New Zealand sportsmen at their best, and join in the great atmosphere during a big game.
Hamilton is home to a busy art and culture scene, with plenty of exhibitions, performances and shows on throughout the year. Don’t miss seeing the Waitakaruru Arboretum and The Sculpture Park.
9. The Waikato River
Hamilton is home to the beautiful Waikato River. You can experience the scenery on a cruise on the Te Awa Kuini (The River Queen) from Cruise Waikato.
10. Claudelands Event Centre
Claudelands Event Centre is a new attraction in Hamilton, and will be hosting many exciting events throughout the year. The Event Centre is the third largest conference venue and the second largest exhibition centre in New Zealand, and there’s always something going on!
While you’re in Hamilton, the best way to get around and see all these great attractions is in a Hamilton car rental. Car rentals are an easy, affordable way to get around and make sure you see everything the city has to offer, and at your own pace!
Rite Price Rentals – Rotorua Car Hire (2007) Limited is a locally owned and operated Company. We pride ourselves on the vast range of vehicles ranging from Small Economy Hatchbacks to Large Corporate Vehicles, Vans, Trucks and Luggage trailers.
We cater for the short term hirer to long term rentals and have lease options available.
With branches in Tauranga (Mount Maunganui), Rotorua and Taupo we are sure to meet your needs.