Hamilton (external link) is set to grow by 26% in the next 15 years. Developments to support this include the city's transport strategy; events centre and theatre redevelopment; and central city upgrade.
Hamilton International Airport (external link) offers flights to many destinations within New Zealand.
The Waikato River winds through the heart of Hamilton, creating delightful spaces for recreation and relaxation.
The Hamilton City Council website (external link) has more information about the city and events, and links to other websites of interest.
Just a few of Hamilton's regular events:
Urban population about 200,000. New Zealand's fourth largest urban area.
Education and research are important to the city – it has a university, technical institute and agricultural research centre. Manufacturing and retail industries also play a growing role.
Daily maximum temperatures range from about 22° to 26 °C (72°–79 °F) in January and February to 10° to 15 °C (50°–59 °F) in July and August. Crisp frosts, morning fog and cool sunny days can feature in winter just as commonly as rain.
Downtown Hamilton features fashion shops, boutique movie theatres, cafes and bars, while The Base/Te Awa shopping area 10 minutes to the north offers modern retail malls and outlet shops.
A modern stadium and cricket ground attract top-class sports events on a regular basis.
Hamilton Gardens, Waikato River walkways and Hamilton Lake are popular spots for relaxing within the city.