Located on the banks of the Waikato River, the longest river in NZ, Hamilton is less than a couple of hours drive south of Auckland. Take a boat cruise or amble the scenic riverside walks to appreciate this central island town and its surroundings. Annual events such as the stunning 'Balloons over Waikato' (massive hot air balloons), and National Agricultural Fieldays, and national & international sporting & music events draw crowds from all over NZ and beyond. The beautiful themed gardens, the museum and Hamilton Zoo make visitors spoilt for choice!
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