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Hamilton, "The Fountain City," is the center of the Waikato region. It is located less than 130km south of Auckland and on all public transportation routes. The city offers an ideal base for exploring the area’s several forest park preserves and the western surf beaches. The Waikato River, originally the main shipping route between Hamilton and Auckland, meanders through the inner city, effectively dividing the city into Hamilton West (central business district and main shopping area) and Hamilton East (home to the University of Waikato), and along its banks are numerous parks and gardens. The east and west banks are connected by five city bridges, and footpaths run along the river on both sides.

The lush green fields dotted with dairy cows that stretch away from Hamilton in all directions are part of the Waikato Plains, one of the most productive agricultural districts in New Zealand. The city started out as a small Maori village, Kirikiriroa, on the west bank of the Waikato. Hamilton has grown rapidly over the years.

Ask for a brochure and map at the Public Relations Office which identifies three circular walking routes with which to best explore the city. The "Short Historic and Scenic Walk" starts downtown, leads along Victoria St. and Victoria Bridge, taking about 1.5 hours. The scenic three - to four-hour "River Walk," also known as Five Bridges Walk, runs along the banks of the Waikato River, links all five city bridges, and takes in several parks and some of the older residential streets.  The "One Day Scenic Walk" covers much of the River Walk route but also includes several more parks and the delightful grounds around Hamilton Lake, taking from five to eight hours to complete.

Also known as Lake Rotoroa, Hamilton Lake is a great place to escape the bustle of the city. On weekends and holidays it is very popular with local residents for swimming, sailing, and sunbathing. Footpaths enable walkers, joggers and in-line skaters to use the park-like surroundings to best advantage, and the grassy banks are perfect for a picnic. For good views of Hamilton and the surrounding countryside, walk up the path to the concrete reservoir atop the hill.

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