Travellers eager to see the countryside of the northern part of New Zealand can turn to area of Hamilton and the Waikato Region. One can go here via Hamilton International Airport, which lies 14 kilometres south of the city. It was established in Rukuhia which was a base of the Royal New Zealand Air Force during the World War II. This port of entry is one of the busiest in the country, handling approximately an average of 294,396 passengers in 2014. Air traffic here includes piston-engined light aircraft to commercial turboprop aircraft. Business jets, regional jets, as well as Boeing and Airbus models, also frequently land on the landing strips.
Those looking for the airport on the map will find it between -37.86622 (latitude) and 175.33603 (longitude). It has an elevation point of 172 ft above sea level, with four runways measuring between 2,300 ft to 7,200 ft long. Other signs of expansion followed through the years which included the improved terminal facilities for baggage handling, check-in space, and passenger security. Flights to some parts of Australia were also offered through Trans Tasman, but these stopped in 2010 due to the lack of sustainable passenger traffic. Flight training is also offered in the premises for the students in the New Zealand Training Centre of CTC Aviation.
What to see & do
Hamilton has its share of beautiful sights in New Zealand. It is nearby the lush pastures that the Shire in the franchises of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit was filmed. The place is more than being a film site, however, as the area features many lovely sights such as the Hamilton Gardens which features different types of green spaces from dynastic Chinese designs to Renaissance layouts. The place has more than 20 themes, with more being developed. Tourists can relax in the lush surroundings as they try to spot the difference between the different gardening styles. After that, they can go on to the Taitua Arboretum where an open pasture, woodland gardens, and lakes can be found.
Luxuriating in the great outdoors is not complete without a boat ride on the Waikato River. A scenic cruise is recommended for tourists who want a scenic tour. Wine-tasting cruises in selected times throughout the year while guests on board can enjoy mild liquor with cafe-style food as they look at the waterfront view. A hot balloon ride is also a great way to see panoramic views for the city, which makes a fascinating and memorable experience to treasure. Those who would like to sip a cup of tea can go on to Zealong, a tea farm. One will learn how tea is made and witness first-hand a traditional tea ceremony, as well as find out fascinating trivia about tea.
Those who would like to stay on land can take off to the walkways and biking tracks to the mountains. Outside Hamilton are natural sights to watch out for such as the bridal Veil Falls and Lake Ngaroto. The Waikato River Trail is also another destination to visit, which can make tourists appreciate the beauty of the area. Once they come back to the city, a tour of the public art and heritage can be undertaken. There is the iconic statue of the Riff Raff, the Earth Blanket, Te Tiaho O Matariki, and other sights to explore.
How to get around within Hamilton
There are various ways for travellers to find their way around Hamilton. One can get free rides at the Hamilton City Centre Bus, which takes passengers around the Central Business District. There are also local and national buses ready to take people on board towards various destinations.
The Kiwi Rail, the national rail company, also goes through Hamilton. Travellers on board here can go easily to Auckland or Wellington. Those who prefer to go around in groups can join tour and charter companies while those who prefer to go alone can rent cars, motorbikes, or campervans. Taxis are also available in the city for those hurrying for their appointment.
How to get there
Travellers going to the area can reach the place via Hamilton International Airport. This domestic airport connects to Auckland Airport, the main gateway of New Zealand.
International airlines serving Auckland include: Air Chathams, Air New Zealand, Air New Zealand Link, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Vanuatu, Aircalin, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Emirates, Fiji Airways, Fly My Sky, Great Barrier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Jetstar Airways, Korean Air, LAN Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Virgin Australia, and Virgin Samoa.