Hamilton (Māori: Kirikiriroa) is a city in the North Island of New Zealand. It is the seat and most populous city of the Waikato region with a territorial population of 161,200, the country's fourth most-populous city. Encompassing a land area of about 110 km2 (42 sq mi) on the banks of the Waikato River, Hamilton is part of the wider Hamilton Urban Area, which also encompasses the nearby towns of Ngaruawahia, Te Awamutu and Cambridge. Initially an agricultural service centre, Hamilton now has a growing and diverse economy and is the third fastest growing urban area in New Zealand, behind Pukekohe and Auckland. Education and research and development play an important part in Hamilton's economy, as the city is home to approximately 40,000 tertiary students and 1,000 PhD-qualified scientists.
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Explore an enchanting world of secret gardens at Waikato's most visited tourist destination. In the 1960s, Hamilton Gardens was a bleak city rubbish dump covered in blackberries with seagulls circling above. Remnants of the Gardens’ earlier history as a pre-European Pa, British military post, Victorian rifle-range and dog-dosing station lay scattered across the site. Four acres had been part of the Hamilton East Town Belt and was passed over to Hamilton City Council for the purposes of a public garden; an opening ceremony for Hamilton Gardens was held on 24th July 1960. The site now extends over 54 hectares. Today, more than 40 years later, these humble beginnings have been overshadowed by the development of the Gardens’ internationally unique concept: The History, Context and Meaning of Gardens.
Hamilton Gardens is not a botanical garden. Instead, its concept acknowledges there is a story to tell about gardens, their development over time and across cultures, and their use. This concept was conceived in the early 1980s by Hamilton Gardens director Dr Peter Sergel and met with significant enthusiasm from city councillors. Some of its inspiration came from the Bundesgartenschau of Germany and other international garden shows, where many differing approaches to gardening and garden design are brought together on one site. The concept has also been compared to a museum, where each garden collection has historic integrity and provides a window into the story of civilisations, their arts, beliefs and lifestyles. More than 30 years later, Sergel’s sketchbook designs are almost identical to the themed gardens existing today.
Assistance from the community, and trusts formed to support specific garden developments, has been invaluable to the Gardens development. For 20 years the Gardens benefitted from the labour provided by Taskforce Green and Pre-Employment Programmes which subsidised the wages of young workers while they developed skills on the job.
Our collection encompasses a range of interests including an extensive collection of petrol memorabilia - enamel signs, pumps, tins and oil bottles. There is something Classic for the whole family, we cater for a wide range of interests with vintage toys, pedal cars and scenes from early New Zealand.
One of Hamilton's best attractions.
The Jukebox Diner is onsite, a 1950s themed diner, entrance through 13 metre tall 50s replica Wurlitzer Jukebox.
The Jukebox Diner is onsite, a 1950s themed diner, entrance through 13 metre tall 50s replica Wurlitzer Jukebox, pictures of famous movie and rock n roll stars including Elvis and Abba. We also have some big statues including Elvis and Betty Boop.
From cooked breakfasts to burgers and shakes, the Jukebox diner has everything to keep your tummy from rumbling. The cabinet is kept well stocked Monday through Sunday with sandwiches, salads and other delicious treats.
Waikato Museum's exhibitions and events tell our stories from a regional and global perspective, and include visual art, social history, tangata whenua culture and science from touring exhibitions and the museum’s own collections.
Sited on the banks of the Waikato River, in the heart of Hamilton's cultural precinct at the south-end of the city centre, Waikato Museum's 13 galleries feature more than 25 new exhibitions and 100 public events annually.
Highlights include the majestic war waka Te Winika, For Us They Fell, the Waikato WW1 story, Exscite and Planet Warriors, the fun hands-on science galleries for children; and our galleries which exhibit a rich blend of artworks.
There are a number of parking options. There are 61 open air car parks for the Museum and ArtsPost located off Victoria Street behind ArtsPost. Covered parking is available in nearby Knox Street carpark, metered parking on Victoria Street and free parking limited to 120 minutes on Grantham Street.
LEAP Hamilton is jam packed full of fun.
There are over 28 trampolines, some up to 9 metres long, some acting as walls for you to bounce off and all built together so you can leap from one to the other with ease.
LEAP is owned and operated by passionate New Zealand folk and is proud to be providing lots of fun and exercise for the Waikato and Otago regions.
The construction of all our trampolines has been 100% kept in New Zealand by using local engineers, architects and builders from around the country – so you know you’re supporting the local community by enjoying your time at LEAP.
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Welcome To Hamilton City Holiday Park
We have 20 cabins to suit all tastes and budgets set in park-like surroundings with many mature trees. We have 30 power sites and 30 non-power sites suited for campervans, caravans or tents. There are 2 amenity blocks with all accommodation close by, these are serviced daily.
We are able to cater for family groups and small sports teams. We only accept guests aged under 25 years if staying with a parent or coach.
We are able to cope with demand for campsites when there are special events in our city, due to our normally large sites being used by 2 units.
There is a play area in the middle of our park, suitable for under 13 years, and an area for gentle ball games. We are situated just 2kms from the centre of Hamilton with New Zealand’s longest river the mighty Waikato river running through it. Walkways have recently been upgraded that take you directly into Hamilton Gardens. Countdown Supermarket, Chemist and Cafe is 5 minutes walk away on Peachgrove Road.
We are close to bus stops that will take you into the heart of our vibrant city, which has a large café culture plus many pubs and clubs or jump on Hamliton’s orbiter bus service. They run both clockwise and anti-clockwise around the city every 15 minutes Monday through Saturday.
Te Awa and the Base as well as Westfield Chartwell provide excellent out-of-town shopping areas, both of which are just a short drive away, or accessible on the bus.
Waikato is a region in the upper part of New Zealand’s North Island. It is home to...
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