If we do get our visas we will be going to…. Hamilton in the Waikato region.
Its absolutely gorgeous (like the whole of NZ!!!) Hamilton is not one of the main cities like Auckland and Wellington, a bit smaller but that is what we wanted. To move out of the city! We are so blessed that this has crossed our paths.
A bit more about Hamilton:
Hamilton is the most populous city of the Waikato Region.
Population: 209 300 making it the 4th largest city
Third fastest growing urban area in NZ
The City of Hamilton is located just 120 Km Southeast of Auckland by road
The Waikato river runs through Hamilton, the longest river in new Zealand which is about 425 Km long.
Entertainment area is quite vibrant due to the large student population.
Lake Rotoroa (Hamilton Lake) began forming about 20,000 years ago
Hamilton has a temperate, damp climate, with about 1,184 mm (46.6 in) of rainfall annually
Daily maximum temperatures range from about 22 to 26C (72–79F) in January and February to 10 to 15C (50–59F) in July and August. The highest temperature recorded in Hamilton was 34.7C (95F), and the coldest temperature of -9.9C (14F)
Thick fog is common on winter mornings, and often lasts until late morning
Hamilton is home to more than 40,000 tertiary students, mostly enrolled in one of the city’s three main tertiary institutes; the University of Waikato, Waikato Institute of Technology and Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
The city has six state secondary schools
Additionally, Hamilton is home to a number of independent (private) and state-integrated schools.
Once a year you can admire one of the best hot air balloon festivals in the planet.
44km from Raglan, closest beach and popular for being a great surfing beach.
60km from Matamata, to see the Hobbiton Movie set from The Lord of the Rings film.