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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

“These gardens are world class. They are free to enter and you can wander around looking at the all the different gardens. My favourite is the newly opened garden, the Katherine Mansfield Garden. IT is a great place to take a picnic and enjoy a day out. There is a great little cafe too along with a very cool childrens playground. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
“Is unique for its themed gardens and is the most visited attraction in Hamilton”
  • 50 locals recommend
“Lovely roughly 4 km walk around the lake.. has plenty of room for sports and a great playground for the kids”
  • 22 locals recommend
History Museum
“Good rainy day activity. The museum holds a traditional Maori waka (carved wooden boat/canoe). Free entry to parts”
  • 35 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“As the only hybrid shopping complex in NZ and home of Hoyts Flagship Cinema featuring the largest silver screen in the country, a visit to this award winning centre is a must. Te AWA's striking architecture, designed in line with Waikato Tainui's cultural history, is a part of what sets this International Shopping Centre Award winning centre apart from any other centre in Australiasia. With Hamilton's largest selection fashion and major brands including Farmers, Hamilton's largest Witchery, Dejcuba, Novo Shoes, Forever New and more. With over 3,000 freecarparks, no purchase required and with such a huge selection of stores, over 190 at The Base who could not have fun shopping here.”
  • 25 locals recommend
“we took our grandchildren to the Hamilton Zoo and for Gus who loves to follow a map and find a reward, he wasnt disappointed at the rather exotic animals he found!!! He loved the walkways under the trees and seeing the tall giraffes heads over the wire enclosures was fascinating. The zookeeper was feeding the animals and Gus got to talk to him, and learnt about the personalities of the animals at the zoo. We brought a picnic and just sat under the trees then had an icecream at the onsite cafe- the hungry Morepork. This was a great day out for our family.”
  • 12 locals recommend
“Amazing surf beach, cool local organic & art shops, fishing, paddling, chips on the beach, kids swimming in estuary, black sand.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A lovely small lake in the heart of Cambridge. If you park on Thornton Road near the Begonia House you will find signposted tracks leading down to the lake. It takes about 1/2 an hour to walk around it.”
  • 16 locals recommend
“A reformed church serving great locally brewed beer and good pub food. Casual dining for the whole family. Kids enjoy eating here also.”
  • 27 locals recommend
“A great little independent cinema which shows a mix of movies from around the world. There are 4 small cinemas with very comfy seating and you can purchase a wine, a beer and / or platters enjoy as you watch your movie.”
  • 20 locals recommend
“If you want a good meal and able to take your family this is the one that will be best for you. Often a good idea to book a table.”
  • 19 locals recommend
“I great contemporary restaurant. I would recommend that you book. During Summer you can sit outside on the sidewalk and enjoy your meal and watch Cambridge go by.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Big shopping mall. You will find everything you need here. There is also a food court. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Grocery Store
“Pré order your shopping and pick up when you arrive or go world famous athlete spotting while you pick up essentials. Great selection of everything including gluten free, organic necessities. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
“The hub of NZ cycling. Also includes a bike park and playground for the children”
  • 22 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Not for the faint of heart and we would recommend hiking boots or sneakers you're not afraid of getting covered in mud. In winter it's a pretty treacherous track, in summer it's more doable - but still muddy bits along the way. A real achievement when you make it to the top, and there is a Doc hut at the top that you can book if you're early enough.”
  • 13 locals recommend