Hamilton is the fourth largest city in New Zealand. Hamilton is also capital of the Waikato District, and its presence and impact on the surrounding towns and communities is profound. Hamilton is a quite nice town and has a lot going for it. Not the least being the city is a great place to live.

Hamilton is approximately 130 km (80 mi) south of Auckland. It sits at a major road and rail nexus in the centre of the Waikato basin, on both banks of the Waikato River.

The settlement founded on 24 August, 1864 and named after Captain John Charles Fane Hamilton the popular Scottish commander of HMS Esk, and who was killed in action at Tauranga during the Maori skirmishes.

Hamilton is also the dairy capital of New Zealand and the level of dairy farming is intensive. Hamiltonís economic fortunes are heavily tied to the price of milk products.

Hamilton also hosts a university and this industry has assisted Hamilton steady growth.

Hamilton is a young city and to that end there are very few heritage buildings in the cbd area.

The Waikato Brewery has a strong profile at the southern end of Hamiltonís main street.

Given Hamilton serves the Diocese of the Waikato Region the city boasts an Anglican Cathedral. Other denominations also feature.

The Hamilton War Memorial is located is spacious settings on the eastern side of the Waikato River.

The Waikato Museum is located in the city, and gives a very good insight into the history of the region.

Thick fog is common on winter mornings, and often lasts until late morning and to that end summer months are when the city is best to visit. But, given the cool mornings Hamilton is famous for Hot Air Ballooning. These balloons are often seen early mornings.


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