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About Hamilton


● Hamilton, Waikato

Hamilton is New Zealand's fourth largest city, and is located in the middle of the North Island. The city is well known for the Hamilton Gardens, the Hot Air Balloon Festival, the Lake Walk, River Walk, and the Hamilton Zoo. Primarily a dairy and farming region, there is a strong focus on research and development in the dairy industry in the Waikato.

● Shopping

In Hamilton there are three main areas for shopping, in the city centre, Centre Place is close by the school and is only a short walk away. It offers a food court and shoppinga variety ofshopping options with many more stores in the surroundingstreets. Westfield Chartwell offers a foodcourt, movies and a great selection of stores all in one building. Te Awa and The Base is the city's largest shopping complex, offering a food court, restaurants, cafes, movies and a huge selection of stores. The Base and Te Awa are at the same location but The Base is an outdoor collection of stores, while Te Awa is an enclosed mall.

● Action Central

Raglan has one of the best surfing beaches in the country and is just 40 minutes away. If you’re looking to sunbath or go swimming then the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty have some beautiful beaches. If you’re more adventurous, then South Waikato has incredible activities – there’s mountain biking, rock climbing and motor sport courses, jet boating, quad biking or white water rafting. Further south is Taupo - famous for the extreme sports such as bungy jumping, skydiving and wakeboarding. HELA staff can help you organise a trip when you aren’t studying to make the most of your stay in Hamilton.

study A Student City

Hamilton is really a student city as there are approximately 46,000 people studying in Hamilton. Because of this there is a huge range of things for students to do and see. Hamilton has an extensive array of community organisations, clubs, and societies. For more information visit the Hamilton City Council website.

● The Night Life

Hamilton has a great student nightlife. There's such a large number of great options for bars, clubs, restaurants to suit everybody. No matter what you’re into – music, dancing, sports, and meeting friends - there's a place for you. Late night buses are a safe, cheap transport option and taxis are usually affordable because everything is so close. Hamilton has produced a number of great bands and singers over the years. The Datsuns, Katchafire, 48 May and Kimbre to name a few.

● The Day Life

Hamilton has all the benefits of a big city without the hassles – unlike Auckland, the roads are easy to navigate, delays are minimal, and public transport is a cheap and easy option for getting around town. Hamilton has a wide variety of restaurants and cafes to choose from – award winning New Zealand restaurants, Mexican, Thai, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and many more, no matter what food you like, you’ll have plenty of options. HELA staff are happy to provide advice on what to do in and around Hamilton if you are new to this lovely city.