Our Region

Hamilton / Kirikiriroa is New Zealand’s largest inland city with a population of about 170,000. It is located 130 kilometres south of Auckland and it only takes 90 minutes to reach Hamilton by car from Auckland International Airport.

The mighty Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river, flows through the city centre. There are  more than 1000 hectares of open space and Hamilton was judged NZ's most beautiful city in 2020. Home to more than 80 ethnic groups, we also boast NZ's youngest population, with around half of Hamiltonians being under 30 years old.

Hamilton is at the centre of one of the richest agricultural and pastoral areas in the world. It is an education city with the University of Waikato sited directly next door to St John's College. Hamilton is a safe and clean city which is easy to get around.

It's central location makes it easy to visit all of the playground's and scenic attractions that NZ has to offer, with beaches, ski fields, mountains and lakes all within a 3 hr drive.

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