Hamilton Airport Mini Guide
What's to Know About Hamilton and its Airport?
Hamilton is located in the Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island and sits on the banks of the Waikato River. At its centre is a huge lake, nestling in an extinct volcano crater and gifting a stunningly rugged landscape. The airport is less than twenty minutes from the city centre and is on the site of a World War II Air Force base. Hamilton (and hence its airport) is highly popular for water sports, for its flight training school, and for its graceful gardens and fabulous festivals, arts and culture.
Tell me More About the Airport
Hamilton International Airport receives flights from locations within New Zealand and also internationally from Australia
. Last year over 350,000 passengers used the airport, a number which is continuing to grow. It has a good set-up with modern and efficient passenger facilities. Transfers are available via taxi or shuttle only, making car hire a good option to get around freely. The airport is home to the popular "Crew Training Centre" which trains fresh pilots for European airlines. Enjoy a coffee or snack in the airport café and the accompanying runway view may provide a glimpse of your future holiday airline captain in training!
How Can I Make the Best of my Trip?
To find many of the main attractions, head for the Town Belt - also known as the Green Belt. Enjoy numerous water sports on Lake Rotoroa, or visit the popular Hamilton Gardens which hosts a summertime festival. The central area is a thriving retail precinct – shoppers beware! A healthy city social scene can be mainly attributed to a large student population. On the main street you will find a long stretch of bars, cafes and restaurants where you can eat well and drink merrily into the small hours.
There is a full calendar of events and various festivals throughout the year, with several large-scale musical events, including “Soundscape”. History-lovers should visit Waikato Museum, a cathedral or church, and a trip to the nearby Maori village of Marae is a must. There is so much more besides, as Hamilton effortlessly brings together industry and education with history, arts and culture into one beautiful and vibrant city.
Hamilton’s main attraction is the 64 acre lake in the middle of the city which was formed by the crater of an extinct volcano whose edge of the crater forms the hills of the city. Today, it is popular with water sports enthusiasts. Another popular attraction is the Hamilton Gardens, easily accessible with a hire car and which hosts the Hamilton Gardens Summer Festival each year.
Nearby is the Marae, or town of the Maori King, Tuheitia Paki. In the town there are historical records on display relating to the Maori struggle to retain their lands and culture.