Skip to content

Things to do in Hamilton

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.
Garden
“Feel like your visiting different gardens from around the world in 1 place. ”
  • 112 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Waikato Museum is a regional museum located in Hamilton central city. If you would like to know more about Waikato's history, this world class museum will be a great place to go.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Playground
“A short drive and well worth a look. Excellent playground of the kids, a 30 minute walk around the entire lake and cafe/bar with nice views.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“A very large shopping complex located about 10-15 minutes drive away. Free parking.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Zoo
“Take a picnic with you as there are lots of green spaces at the zoo to stop and enjoy.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lovely real Italian pizza, great service, original decor. Bookings always needed.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Gastropub
$$
“A reformed church serving great locally brewed beer and good pub food. Casual dining for the whole family. Kids enjoy eating here also.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“Awesome little cinema in which to catch a movie. Great atmosphere and decor.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Nature
“3 minute drive from The White House. World class cycling events held here. Great to watch athletes in training or bikes are for hire as well.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Café
$
“If you want a good meal and able to take your family this is the one that will be best for you. Often a good idea to book a table.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Fabulous shopping mall.. one of Hamilton's first! Has been upgraded over the years and will have everything you need. Free parking.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Café
$$
“Fresh, tasty gourmet food. Lots of organic food and free-range meats options. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Located in the centre of Hamilton City, a great mall with free parking (validate your ticket at the info centre!), also easy walking distance to the unit.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Campground
“The best beach town - A must visit. There's something for everyone and worth looking into for yourself :-) ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Great Shops a Food Hall, and Cafe's and Restaurants, Acquisitions is a great shop for NZ Souveniers ”
  • 16 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Lovely real Italian pizza, great service, original decor. Bookings always needed.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Gastropub
“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
Café
“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.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Café
“Fresh, tasty gourmet food. Lots of organic food and free-range meats options. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lovely old Pub restaurant. modern decor, exquisite food, great for a special occasion. booking needed..”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“With a large outdoor area in amongst the brewing tanks, the Dining Hall is the perfect spot for enjoying a glass of beer in the sunshine. Good George’s menu is crafted to match the beers, and their award winning ‘Blue Me, I’m Irish’ burger has gone on to receive popular acclaim. Proudly Hamilton, proudly Waikato - these enthusiasts are local favourites and community heroes. People gather a few times a week for confession, under the stained glass windows depicting hops and beer.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“This is a Swedish restaurant and we go there quite often. Its not cheap but the food and service is great ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“"Our Menu combines Mexican, South American & New Wave Asian influenced Street Food with an emphasis on the fun & the interesting - enjoy. All our food on our menu is available to takeout!"”
  • 16 locals recommend

Get to know Hamilton

Explore more on Airbnb