Explore an enchanting world of secret gardens at Waikato's most visited tourist destination. The international award-winning Hamilton Gardens is unique; it tells "the story of gardens".
Hamilton Gardens is not a botanical garden. Instead, its concept acknowledges there is a story to tell about gardens, their development over time and across cultures, and their use. The concept has been compared to a museum, where each garden collection has historic integrity and provides a window into the story of civilisations, their arts, beliefs and lifestyles
Hamilton Zoo is home to over 600 native and exotic animals and boasts the only tapirs in New Zealand, the only fishing cats and the largest free-flight aviary in New Zealand dedicated to native birds and plants. See exotic species like giraffes, zebras, chimpanzees, red pandas, lemurs and Sumatran tigers as well as farm animals like kune kune pigs and alpacas.
If the Shire is at the heart of Middle-earth, then the Hamilton & Waikato region is at the heart of the Shire. When scouting around for settings for his epic three movie adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Kiwi director Peter Jackson found just what he was looking for in the green rolling paddocks, rugged limestone outcrops and underground caverns of the Hamilton & Waikato region. Find out more...
Find the best places to eat! With an eclectic array of dining options within Hamilton City, you will never be short of choice. Award-winning restaurants sit alongside popular cafes and eateries providing everything from tastes of Asia to traditional Kiwi fare.
Make yourself at home in 4-star comfort at Novotel Hamilton Tainui hotel in the city centre. Start your day fresh with breakfast from the buffet in the light-filled restaurant or on the terrace adjacent to the Waikato River. Contemporary decor and natural light will make your room a haven whether you're working or holidaying at Novotel.
The perfect base for your Waikato holiday, Novotel Hamilton Tainui is just 20-minutes from Hamilton Airport. Located on the banks of the Waikato River, it's an easy stroll to attractions and activities such as SkyCity Hamilton casino and Waikato Stadium. Explore dining and shopping options in the heart of Hamilton city nearby, or travel a little further afield to experience the wonder of the region's Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Hobbiton movie set
ibis Hamilton Tainui is your gateway to the Waikato region commanding a unique location on the banks of the Waikato River. Offering well appointed rooms with city or river views, modern conference facilities and restaurant with balcony and views perfect for al fresco dining. Minutes from Hamilton's Claudelands Events Centre and superbly located in the heart of the CBD allows easy access to shops, night life and major events. ibis Tainui provides the perfect combinations for business or leisure.
Just minutes from bustling Hamilton city, ibis Hamilton Tainui is situated right on the banks of the Waikato River, and is just a 5-minute stroll from local attractions including the SkyCity Hamilton casino, and Waikato Museum. An ideal base for your holiday, and only 20-minutes from Hamilton Airport, you'll be within an easy drive of Hamilton Gardens and Hamilton Zoo, and just an hour's drive from the region's incredible Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Hobbiton movie set.