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  • General Information

    Other Name: Kirikiriroa, District: Hamilton, State: Waikato, New Zealand
    Area: 0 -
    Languages Spoken: English and Maori
    Long Distance Code: 07
    Importance: The City of Education and Research.
    Best Time to Visit: December to February and September
    International Access: Connected to all the major cities of the world.
  • Description

    Hamilton is the centre of New Zealand''s fourth largest urban area, and is the country''s seventh largest city. Hamilton is in the Waikato region of the North Island, 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.
  • Location

    Hamilton is in the Waikato region of the North Island, approximately 130 km (80 mi) south of Auckland.
  • Climate

    Hamilton has a temperate, damp climate, with about 1,184 mm (46.6 in) of rainfall annually. Thick fog is common on winter mornings, and often lasts until late morning. 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. Summer occasionally sees temperatures of more than 30 °C (86 °F), while on clear winter mornings temperatures may drop to as low as −5 °C (23 °F). Snow however is practically unknown.
Candyland is a working model of an old-fashioned candy factory and shop. Watch us make old-fashioned rock candy lollipops and candy canes. Learn some of the secrets of chocolate-making.

Visit the Candy Museum. Candy-making demonstrations 10.30am and 1pm weekends, public holidays and school holidays. The aroma of candies made fresh in the factory will tempt you.

Hamilton Gardens is located between the bank of the Waikato River and State Highway 1. Entry to the gardens is free, with most gardens open from 7:30am to 6:00pm in winter and 7:00am to 8:00pm in summer. In the center of Hamilton Gardens is a convention center called the Hamilton Gardens Pavilion, a volunteer operated Information Center, the Turtle Lake Restaurant and the Turtle Lake Café.

Hamilton Zoo is the main zoological garden of Hamilton, New Zealand. It is situated on Brymer Road in the Hamilton suburb of Rotokauri, on the outskirts of the metropolitan area. It is owned by the Hamilton City Council with the Department of Recreation and Welfare handling the day to day running of the site.

The park was founded in 1969 as a game farm, the Hilldale Game Farm. It was originally owned by a Mr. and Mrs. Powell. They mainly raised game birds but there was also a small collection of exotic mammals and birds. The zoo become unprofitable and was facing closure in 1976 before the Hamilton City Council stepped in and brought the site, buildings and stock. In 1984 the zoo again faced closure but due to public pressure the Council resolved to kept it open. Day to day running of the zoo was transferred to The Department of Recreation and Welfare.

A concept plan was drawn up to give the zoo a clear direction, this resulted in the Zoo Education Centre opening in 1987. The plan also called for upgraded and new exhibits, plantings, boardwalks and paths.

The Waikato Museum is situated in Hamilton, New Zealand. Previously called the Waikato Museum of Art and History, the full name has been shortened in recent years due to the incorporation Exscite, an interactive science centre, and the emphasis on Tangata Whenua or Maori Studies. Its current address is 1 Grantham Street, in the south end of the main CBD of Hamilton, where it has been based since 1987. It sits on land gifted to the Hamilton City Council by the Tainui Tribe, and there is a strong Tainui presence in the museum. Previously the museum was based in London Street.