The best way to see the city's picture-postcard riverside is from the deck
of a classic paddle steamer. As glorious gardens and pathways glide by,
you'll hear a tale of Hamilton's fascinating history as one of the North
Island's major trading posts.
Waikato Museum of Contemporary Art and History.
Hamilton Gardens .
Te Awamutu is a quintessential New Zealand community that specialises in
dairy, beef and horticulture farming. The area surrounding Te Awamutu played
a significant part in the land wars of the mid 19th century.
out the magnificent rose gardens in Gorst Ave.
The Te Awamutu museum gives an insight into local Maori culture.
This friendly country town is surrounded by beautiful private gardens and
has the Mangaokewa Scenic Reserve for a spot of fishing or swimming. Every
year Te Kuiti hosts the New Zealand Sheep Shearing Championship.
is plenty of motel accommodation here, and the town is ideally located for
day excursions to Waitomo.
The Maori meeting house Tokanganui-a-Noho is beautifully carved and can
be visited by arrangement.
Tokoroa is the hub of New Zealand's forestry, timber and paper industries.
The huge mill is 10km south of the town. Tokoroa is a magnet for mountain
bikers because of its amazing bike trails.
popular hunting region - local game includes deer, possums, rabbits, pigs,
goats, ferrets and stoats.
Every year Tokoroa hosts the Golden Axe Carnival, a wood chopping competition,
as part of the local A & P show.