Hamilton - Our City
Hamilton is New Zealand's largest inland city and fourth largest urban area. It is in the heart of the lush Waikato region which is responsible for 20 per cent of the country's total exports, including agricultural produce. New Zealand's world-class dairy industry is centred in the Waikato which is also home to most of the country's science and research centres.
Hamilton has a population of just over 130,000 and is one of New Zealand's fastest growing cities. Half of Hamilton's residents are aged under 30 and more than 40,000 students are resident in the city.
While New Zealand Europeans make up three quarters of the city's population, nearly 20 per cent of residents are Māori. The city is also home to more than 80 ethnic groups.
New Zealand's longest river, the Waikato, flows for 16km through the city. Residents enjoy a mild climate and more than 1,000 hectares of open space, including the world famous Hamilton Gardens.
Hamilton is only a 35 minute drive from Raglan, a world-class surfing destination, and little more than an hour each way from Auckland, Tauranga and Rotorua. It is serviced by its own airport and is on major road and rail links.