Vibrant, active cosmopolitan, the city heart of Hamilton is host to many prime activities and events and a great place to stop, have a rest, and take it all in!
Visit Riff Raff
Located at the south end of Hamilton's main Victoria Street is a statue of the iconic Riff Raff character from the cult status movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The statue commemorates the development of the idea and the writing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show by Richard O'Brien - who lived in Hamilton and worked next door to the site of the now demolished Embassy Theatre where the statue is on Victoria Street.
Waikato River Walkways
A recently completed 11km walkway along both banks of the Waikato River which runs through the centre of Hamilton offers endless oppurtunities to walk, ride bikes and watch boats on the river. Whether you want to relax and unwind, or burn off some energy with a run or walk, this is the perfect place for that.
The mighty Waikato River which flows through the middle of Hamilton and much of the Waikato, is the life force of the region. See below for some key facts:
- The name 'Waikato' comes from Maori and translates as 'flowing water'
- The river runs from Lake Taupo to Port Waikato (approx. an 18 hour journey)
- It is the longest river in New Zealand at 425km/264 miles
- The river flows through 8 hydro-electric dams
- Located on the banks of the river are: Wairakei geo-thermal station and the Huntly coal & fuel station
- The river generates approx. 4,000 gigawatt hours of electricity per year - about 13% of New Zealand's total electricity
- The 8 artificial lakes created by the power stations are popular recreation areas for fishing, boating and swimming
Victoria Bridge (1910) is one of six bridges linking the east and west of the city. Take a short walk over Victoria Bridge, turn left, continue to Memorial Park. Originally dedicated to soldiers after WW1, the Cenotaph has three memorials honouring the NZ navy, airforce and army.
View more information about Hamilton Bridges
The Waikato has been home to the P.S Rangiriri since 1864. Though the construction of the vessel was ordered by the colonial government during the Waikato wars, she arrived too late to be engaged in any hostilities. Instead she spent her life transporting goods and people up and down the Waikato River. The Rangariri ran aground in 1889, and her engines and other mechanical components were removed. She would remain abandoned in the River for over 90 years, becoming part of the Hamilton landscape and legend.
Parana Park., Memorial Drive
Hamilton Lake, or Lake Rotoroa (Long Lake), situated in the heart of Hamilton, is used for a wide variety of recreational activitiesand is an important habitat for wildlife. Edged with a wonderful 3.8km path creating an approximate 45 minute circular walk around one of the city's hidden paradises. Relax in the picnic area, enjoy the playground, or choose a bench and enjoy the scenery.
Ruakiwi and Lake Road
Earth Blanket (Nga Uri O Hinetuparimaunga)
Incorporating the Maori heritage of the Hamilton Gardens site, this breathtaking sculpture adorns the entrance to the Gardens and features an earth blanket, a woven pebble cloak designed to protect and honour the wonder of Mother Earth.
State Highway 1, Cobham Drive
Hamilton has a huge number of lovely recreational parks and gardens within the city, many with a wide range of facilities. Review our Parks Directory below to find out about parks and gardens waiting for you to explore.
Arts, Culture & Heritage
Hamilton has a growing collection of public art, numerous art galleries, as well as an eclectic range of talented local artists.
- Hamilton Heritage and Hamilton Heritage sites
- Hamilton Public Art Collection and Hamilton Public Art Trail
- Performing Arts
Bymer Road (next to Hamilton Zoo)
Moore Street, Minogue Park
Velo Espresso Cycle Hire
Canoe & Kayak Waikato
7B Duke Street
Classic Car Muesum
11 Railside Place
Childrens Play Area
Hamilton Parks with playgrounds
Clay Shooting and Paintball
Hinterland Adventures & Paintball
Driver Road, off River Road, Ngaruawahia
End of Hutchinson Road, Horotiu
Bucking Boar Cornfield Maze
494 Ngaruawahia Road
Whitikahu Road, Gordonton
82 Duke Street
Daytona Indoor Raceway
46 Sunshine Avenue, Te Rapa
Hamilton and the Waikato are home to many golf courses
Callum Brae Family Golf Centre
Callum Brae Drive (off Hukanui Road)
Leisure Hits Fun Park
97 Borman Road
Ingram Road, Tamahere
427 Te Pahu Road, Whatawhata
Karamu Trail Track
37 Smith Road, RD5
123 Woodside Road, Matangi
Waikato Equestrian Centre
1340 Pukete Road, Te Rapa
Skycity Casino, 346 Victoria Street (2nd floor)
Minogue Park, Tui Avenue
New Zealand Temple Visitor Centre
509 Tuhikararamea Road
Extreme Edge Indoor Rockclimbing
90 Greenwood Street
Public sessions: Sundays 10.00am to 12 noon and Thursdays 7.00pm to 9.00pm.
Melville Park, Normandy Avenue
07 847 4527
Chedworth Park Carlyle Avenue
Elliott Park Hyde Avenue
Fairfield Park Clarkin Road & Heaphy Terrace
Melville Park Normandy Avenue