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Waikato Region / Waikato River.

The Waikato is the largest river in New Zealand, I think that means the longest. It begins at Taupo, but flows directly thru the city of Hamilton which has been built around it.
Hamilton is known as the Garden city, and also the River city.

If any of you are familiar with the show "Rocky Horror Picture Show" then you may be interested to know that guy who wrote it, Richard O'Brien, thought up a lot of ideas for the show while hairdressing in Hamilton and going to the old Embassy theatre here. Soon the city is to commemorate his being, by building a statue of Riff Raff, the character he actually played in the movie. Rumour has it that the statue will be built by Weta Productions who did all the special effects for Lord of the Rings.

Balloon Fiesta.

Hamilton hosts an annual Balloon Fiesta which is a real spectacle around the town. Well worth checking out if you are there at the right time.
See my travelogues for more photos:
Balloons Over Waikato and Frog Balloon Gets in the Lake.
Latest Balloons Over Waikato 2005.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Smaller city with less pressure and not too far from Auckland.
  • Cons:Too far from the coast and the winter thick fogs!
  • In a nutshell:This is the ignored city but those living there love it.
  • Last visit to Hamilton: Sep 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2016 at 1:49 AM

    I love Hamilton. ..though I guess it's so familiar from life in my early days..could work back here for a while and catch up with friends and relatives and then I'd really like to go live up at Rawene

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    My dad always spoke highly of Hamilton. Wanted to retire there after a visit. Couldn't talk my mother into another move tho. Nice pages.

    • kiwi's Profile Photo
      Aug 21, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      Hey Rick, it's a nice town but can be wet and foggy and dismal for winter months. Thanks for the visit :-)

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2011 at 6:29 AM

    These are great!! The tulip balloon is awesome!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    The picturesque views and great scenery to take in must invigorate the spirit. You did a nice presentation of Hamilton

  • omidamini's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    Dear, Your Hamilton Page is very good with nice pic's , thanks

    • kiwi's Profile Photo
      Feb 18, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      Omidamini, thanks for your kind words :-)

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Feb 22, 2016 at 1:51 AM

      Waikatos another defunct member name that's added to the thousands of others that sign up and never come back...half probably cause they don't know what their member name is

  • Lhenne1's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Your pictures are great. Thanks for sharing all the great tips!

  • canuck68's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2008 at 8:24 PM

    That was a nice tour of Hamilton. I enjoyed the tips and pictures.

  • iaint's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2007 at 12:56 PM

    my son wears an otago shirt for his rugby practice; it'll be too small soon, so maybe waikato next time!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2007 at 5:23 AM

    Xlent page and balloon and lake shots!!i got to the one at Chateau Douex this year in Switz and it was excellent too - surrounded by swiss mtns - yours is great surrounded by fantastic kiwi beauty!what camera do yu use?

  • lou31's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2007 at 6:39 PM

    Friends keep telling me I must go to NZ...I will one day. Loved the tips on the handbags... aaarrrggg! and the Kathmandu store looked a great place to browse... cheers and take care...

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