The city of Hamilton sits on the mighty Waikato River and is the largest inland city in Aotearoa New Zealand. It has a young, smart and innovative population, and has many places to relax, enjoy and do business.

hamilton always something to see and do

Always something to see & do

One of the best things about living in the region is how close you are to other activities. You can explore nearby beaches, mountains, rivers, and the green countryside – all only a short drive away.

There are world-class sporting venues and facilities nearby, including Lake Karapiro, the Waikato River Trail, the NZ Cycling Avantidrome, Seddon Park, and FMG Stadium Waikato.

The Waikato is home to the Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton, and Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari.

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Career opportunities

Hamilton, is right in the centre of the Waikato region, home to one the richest agricultural and pastoral areas in the world.

There is demand for agriculture, forestry and fishing, education, engineering, mining, health and social services, manufacturing, hospitality and tourism, professional, scientific and technical services, and trades.

Quick facts about Hamilton

  • Population of 169,500 people*
  • Key industries include dairy and agriculture
  • Largest inland city in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • 145 parks and gardens and 63 sports areas

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Why choose Hamilton

The city is always buzzing, from international sporting events to hot air balloon festivals and concerts. Its prime location and diverse economy are the springboards for innovation and opportunity.


A geographically and culturally diverse area, Hamilton and the Waikato region have a range of activities and attractions to suit all tastes – from surfing world-class breaks to underground wonders and middle-earth movie magic!


The region is an agricultural powerhouse and a key contributor to New Zealand’s dairy industry. It is also home to many government and private science and research facilities, as well as world leading tertiary education facilities.


The region has a can-do culture that grows and celebrates success. It’s a powerful incubator for new thinking and high performance, offering affordable housing, excellent shopping opportunities, a busy events calendar, and top-notch educational opportunities.

Explore Hamilton

Hamilton and the Waikato region are fantastic areas with lots to see and do. For more information about lifestyle, attractions and entertainment, shopping, history and more, visit the information website.