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Hamilton 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.
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Points of Interest in Hamilton
- Hamilton Gardens. Are a really nice place to go and see. In addition to 'normal' gardens such as a rose garden and the Rhododendron Lawn, visitors can also go and see 'themed' gardens, such as the Chinese Scholar Garden, or the American Revolutionist Garden, among others. Entrance is free, although beware that some of the themed gardens are inaccessible after 7:30PM (8PM in the summer).
- Hamilton Zoo, ☎ +64 7 7 838 6720. Brymer Rd, is home to over 600 native New Zealand and exotic animals. Kids especially enjoy it. To get there, simply enter Hamilton from the North or South on SH1, and look for the signs, on the section of SH1 called Avalon Drive (Te Rapa area in the North). Daily 9-5PM, with the last admission at 3:30PM. $12, Children $6.
- Waikato Museum, 1 Grantham St (South end of Victoria Street), ☎ +64 7 838 6606. General Art and Culture Displays and Exhibits about New Zealand and International Cultures. Daily 10AM-4:30PM. Entry is free, though charges may apply for some exhibitions.
- Waikato Stadium, Gate 5 Waikato Stadium, 128 Seddon Rd, Whitiora. The home stadium of the Chiefs (Super Rugby) and the Waikato Rugby Union (ITM Cup), A place to visit if you are a fan of Rugby Union.
- Agricultural Fieldays. Hosted at Mystery Creek, brings thousands of people (125,000 in 2007) from around the world. Taking place every June, this is a must-see for an insight to farming in New Zealand.
- Hot Air Balloon Festival. Each April is worth a look, especially the night glow event.
- Parachute Music Festival. Is one of the largest Christian music festivals outside of the United States, featuring both international and national acts. Occurs yearly in late January.
- Hamilton Garden Arts Festival. Takes place every year at the end of February. Hosted in the renowned Hamilton Gardens, it includes music, theatre and film.
- Domaine Restaurant, 575 Victoria St.
- Iguana, 203 Victoria St, ☎ +64 7 8342280. Is a central city restaurant offering mainly pizza and salads.
- The Londoner, 596 Victoria St, ☎ +64 7 839 9941. Is an English style Pub at the end of Victoria Street.
- Metropolis, 211 Victoria St, ☎ +64 7 834 2081. Offers decent coffee and cafe food.
Most of Hamilton's clubs are located with easy walking distance of each other, in the Victoria/Hood/Alexandra Street area.
- The Outback. Cnr. Victoria & Hood Sts is your typical student bar holding promotion targeted towards students and is the main bar for the local university orientation week.
- CBD Corner Pub. On the corner of Hood St an Alexandra St a nice warm pub with good meals and a good atmosphere
- House Bar. N hood st is a great bar with a nice deck, serves craft beer from many breweries from around the country.
- Zone Bar. Is the main sport bar in the city. Located within the skycity casino building. Inlcudes a deck with views over the river. Also on the same floor as a Bowling alley and Laser tag activities
- Monkey Feather. Is the club to frequent to hear local dj's and the best of electronic music
- Shine is the city's Gay and Lesbian bar, located on Victoria St.
- Centre Place Mall, Cnr of Ward and Worley Sts. Mon-Thurs & Sat: 9am-5.30pm, Fri: 9am-8.30pm Sun: 10am-4pm. Located in the city centre the mall includes good cafe's restaurants and clothing stores
- The Base Te Rapa, Cnr of Te Rapa Road and Avalon Drive. Mon-Sat: 9am-6pm, Sun: 10am-5pm, Te Awa mall open to 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays. Located on the Northern outskirt of the city, The Base inlcudes a mall (Te Awa) and many department stores
- ArtsPost Galleries, 120 Victoria St, ☎ +64 7 838 6928. Is an art gallery showcasing local work. Well worth a visit, and also offers a range of items for sale, from paintings to glass blown paperweights. Daily 10AM-4:30PM. Free.
- Casabella Lane is located on Barton St and contains many boutique stores,as well as many good cafes. One of Hamilton's best kept secrets.
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