Hamilton

Hamilton: Kirikiriroa

A metropolitan city situated on the banks of the mighty Waikato river, Hamilton’s rich cultural mix and vibrant centre makes it the perfect place for our 2021 National Summer Games!

Families are well looked after with everything from great playgrounds to indoor rock-climbing, trampoline parks, go-karting and top attractions such as Hamilton Zoo and more.

Hamilton’s plentiful wildlife and open spaces make the city an easy place to spend time in, made even better with it’s bustling cafe and restaurant scene, and it’s world-class reputation as a destination for international, national and local events.

Discover Special Olympics New Zealand’s Six Favourite Hamilton Family Attractions


Accommodation

Whether you want simple and traditional, luxurious or somewhere in between it is easy to find suitable accommodation in Hamilton.

Popular options include hosted accommodation, motels, backpackers, hotels, holiday parks and campgrounds.

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Transport

Hamilton is easily accessible and easy to get around, whether you’re flying in, driving or travelling by train or bus.

Other popular options available for visitors also include rental vehicles, shuttle services, tour companies and railway travel.

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Eat & Drink

Hamilton has some of the best food and drink hotspots in New Zealand.

From sampling fresh and local produce at Hamilton’s numerous markets to dining at some of our favourite cafes and restaurants, there’s something to suit everyone.

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Attractions & Activities

Hamilton has a range of activities and attractions to suit all ages and tastes. From seeing the spectacular views of the Waikato river, to learning about Hamilton’s rich cultural heritage, to spending a day in enjoying the trampoline park, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

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Our 6 Favourite Hamilton Family Attractions

Hamilton Zoo

Check out Hamilton Zoo! With over 600 native and exotic creatures and Australasia’s largest aviary

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Hamilton Gardens

A must-do! Explore gardens of different civilizations and historical time periods.

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Waikato Museum

Learn the stories of local history and culture, along with interactive exhibits for children of all ages.

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The Waikato River

There’s no better way to explore Waikato! See native bush, historic bridges and waterfalls.

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Hamilton Lake

The picturesque walkway around takes you through parklands filled with birdlife and playgrounds.

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Classic Car Museum

Explore an impressive collection of classic cars,  women’s fashion and pedal cars.

Learn more about the Classic Car Museum