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Tourist Information

Travelling to New Zealand

For more information on the best New Zealand experiences visit the official site for Tourism in New Zealand.

Arriving in New Zealand

New Zealand Customs Service provide a brochure with a lot of helpful advice for travellers visiting New Zealand. The brochure is available here and contains information on the customs process, required declarations, and duty-free goods.

The majority of inbound international flights will be destined for Auckland Airport. The University of Waikato is located in Hamilton, less than two hours drive from Auckland.

Transport to Hamilton from Auckland

If you are travelling directly from the airport, transport information is available through the Auckland Airport website.

For more information on transport within New Zealand, please visit Tourism New Zealand's Transport website, which includes an easy to use Travel Time and Distance Calculator

A regular bus service operates from Auckland International Airport to Hamilton with free WiFi and a generous luggage allowance for approximately $20NZD.

Local Attractions

Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton gardens is a free public park with various themed garden exhibits, a cafe, and is host to many events throughout the year.

Waikato Museum and ArtsPost

Hamilton is home to the Waikato regional museum, neighbour to the ArtsPost shop and gallery in Hamilton Central.

Hamilton Lake Domain

Walking distance from Hamilton CBD, the Hamilton Lake Domain surrounds Lake Rotoroa. Here you will find the Verandah cafe, the esplanade walkway, and covered picnic areas.

Vilagrad Winery

This family owned and operated Winery is located 20 minutes drive from Hamilton CBD and offers picturesque fine dining and excellent wine.


Visit the set of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, situated on 12 acres of farmland in Matamata. Opt to explore with a day tour, or with a guided tour at dusk followed by an evening banquet.

Hamilton Cafes and Restaurants

Hamilton CBD is home to various fine dining establishments, mostly located within the CBD. For more information, visit the link above.

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Hobbiton Matamata New Zealand
Hobbiton ©Ian Brodie
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