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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
“Is unique for its themed gardens and is the most visited attraction in Hamilton”
  • 104 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Waikato Museum's exhibitions, events and programmes tell our stories from a regional and global perspective and include visual art, social history, tangata whenua and science from touring exhibitions and the museum's own collections.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Everything you can ever need. Banks, Cafe's, Warehouse, Pharmacy, Beauty, Hairdresser, Hardware. Short drive or catch the bus across the road.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Playground
“Lovely roughly 4 km walk around the lake.. has plenty of room for sports and a great playground for the kids”
  • 22 locals recommend
Zoo
“The Zoo is home to over 600 native and exotic animals and covers 25ha of parkland. Its an ideal destination for visitors to see native bird-life in the largest walk-through aviary in New Zealand.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Big shopping mall. You will find everything you need here. There is also a food court. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“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
Nature
“The hub of NZ cycling. Also includes a bike park and playground for the children”
  • 22 locals recommend
Cinema
“A great little cinema which features art house films. The seating is very comfortable and spacious. You can also buy a wine, beer or a yummy platter to eat and enjoy as you watch a movie.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“I great contemporary restaurant. I would recommend that you book. During Summer you can sit outside on the sidewalk and enjoy your meal and watch Cambridge go by.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Café
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“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.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Great shops in centre of Hamilton, free parking in building if you spend over $10 and free on weekends”
  • 10 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Great Shops a Food Hall, and Cafe's and Restaurants, Acquisitions is a great shop for NZ Souveniers ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Nature
“Ecosanctuary contains wild kiwi, tuatara, kaka and many native bird. Best place for chance sighting of birdlife. Walks from 30 mins, 2h and 6h over the mountain.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Café
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“Fresh, tasty gourmet food. Lots of organic food and free-range meats options. ”
  • 18 locals recommend

Top restaurants

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
Restaurant
“I great contemporary restaurant. I would recommend that you book. During Summer you can sit outside on the sidewalk and enjoy your meal and watch Cambridge go by.”
  • 26 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.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Café
“Fresh, tasty gourmet food. Lots of organic food and free-range meats options. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Cambridge - Fantastic high end restaurant, excellent service, lovely menu, friendly welcoming hosts, great atmosphere. ”
  • 19 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
“Hamilton - one of the best tapas restaurants in NZ, lovely views over Waikato River, impeccable service, excellent and very tasty menu”
  • 11 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

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