This might be a surprise to a lot of people; however Hamilton is one of the most popular destinations from Auckland. Whether it’s locals travelling for work or visitors flying in and checking out this beautiful Waikato city, Hamilton is a pretty popular destination for people driving from Auckland.
Hamilton does have a lot to offer visitors and if you’re a New Zealander who has never paid a visit, we encourage you to give it a whirl the next time you’re in town.
The most popular attraction in Hamilton is without a doubt the beautiful Hamilton Gardens. With over 1 million visitors every year, the Gardens regularly top the list of things to do in Hamilton. With 20+ themed gardens, there’s a bit of something for everyone. Even if you’re just passing through, the Hamilton Gardens are easily accessible on the drive south from Auckland.
If you’re looking for a bit of a hidden gem, make sure you check out Hamilton Lake (also known as Lake Rotoroa). Located in the heart of the city, the Hamilton Lake Domain and Walkway is a popular spot for walkers and runners and a great place to enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the Waikato.
Hamilton is a short 1h 45 minute drive from Auckland making it a great start to any trip from Auckland.