Hamilton is one of the cities in the island country of New Zealand and it’s one of the view places you’ll visit on a tour of the country that doesn’t have a coast. If you think that this landlocked city isn’t as worthy to visit as the seaside cities, though, you’d be wrong. There’s plenty to see and do. There are not as many visitors because of the lack of a seashore, but that means there’s more room for you to enjoy the majestic views along the city’s rivers. Hamilton is definitely not as busy as Auckland or Wellington, but it’s definitely worth a day or two’s stay.

Where To Stay?

Atrium on Ulster is not elegant or pricey, but it is in the centre of the city and visitors rate this motel with a 5/5 rating because of its the location. The services are exceptional and the rooms are very clean. However, don’t believe their claims of air-conditioned rooms, because they’re simply not true. Also, a decent amount of noise from outdoors, as Atrium on Ulster is situated on the main road.


Beetham Park Motel is a very classy yet inexpensive motel. The place is spotless and has great service. The motel offers free wireless internet during your stay, and if you need to do laundry and dry your clothes, there are free facilities available for guests.

Bella Vista is a value hotel where you can expect the services and quality to be worth every penny you spend. And it’s a Bella Vista motel. Enough said.

Other lodges you might want to try in the area are the Quantum Lodge Motor Inn, and for a more luxurious stay, the Novotel Hamilton Tainui.

What to do in Hamilton

The most popular activity in Hamilton is the Hamilton Gardens. They are located along the riverbank, and sprawl along 50 hectares of land. This is the perfect place to be when you want a relaxing experience as you can spend time at cafés, restaurants and parks as well as the impressive main gardens which have received worldwide acclaim. If you’ve never had the opportunity to visit the Indian wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal, there’s a miniature of the famous landmark at Hamilton Gardens you can explore.

If you’re on your own, be sure to contact Archer Tours when you get to Hamilton. They provide terrific excursions throughout the entire area, with flexible plans allowing you to choose the duration of your tour, just a single day or as long as a week, depending on where you’d like to visit. The owner, Jim Archer, is highly knowledgeable person and completely dependable.

Hamilton Zoo is another good place to visit with your kids.Many endangered and exotic species of animals are housed here. There’s a world-class reptile house and a walkthrough aviary in the zoo, too. The zoo is stroller-friendly and the perfect place for a family visit.

We would love to include a stay in Hamilton on your custom New Zealand itinerary. Just contact us and we’ll put together a trip down under that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

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