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Hamilton is situated in the centre of New Zealand's north island approximately 90 minutes drive from the bright lights and big city lifestyle of Auckland. The city of Hamilton, which is the country's fourth largest, lies at the heart of the Waikato region which is an area of lush rolling hillsides, sprawling bushland and productive farmland. It makes a great destination for a campervan hire New Zealand holiday as it is a short distance from many of the north island's attractions.
The city offers a diverse range of recreational activities, an attractive relaxed way of life, spectacular outdoors and a healthy environment. The city is clean and green with very little pollution, traffic congestion or other urban problems. The city offers one of the lowest urban living costs in New Zealand. After you have finished driving around town in your campervan rental consider exploring the hidden gems of the greater Waikato region.
Hamilton is a short distance from many of New Zealand's major attractions: beaches, lakes, hot pools, mountains and caves. And most of these attractions are accessible in one of our campervan hire vehicles. It is a short 0.5 hour drive west to the prized west coast surfing beach of Raglan. It is a 1.5 hour drive north to Auckland. In the winter months a 3 hours drive will see you reach the snow fields of Ruapehu, where the ski fields offer the best snowboarding on the North Island.
Surrounded by forest covered mountains, amazing waterfalls, hot mineral pools, beaches and caves the region provides the perfect location to travel off the beaten track for a range of memorable experiences. A number of small towns are dotted around the country side, each one with its own distinctive character and personality.
This settlement is just 17km south of Hamilton and is home to local dairy farmers, lush green hills, a golf club, school and the noteworthy Vilagrad Winery. The winery plays host to a range of events from simple Sunday lunch to full scale dance parties including its own Harvest Festival. Because the town is located along a major road it is easy to find in a campervan rental and it makes a nice place to stop off for a visit.
This is the most historic settlement in the region. The Turangawaewae Marae is home to the Maori King Tuheitia. This marae is not open to visitors but there are a number of points of interest nearby.
This is known as the "Kiwiana Capital of New Zealand". The Kiwiana are national icons and a range of informative displays and murals can be found around the town centre. The town is located along one of the major tourist routes and has an amazing range of tourism and adventure attractions. The town has a number of caravan parks in the area which cater to campervan rental travellers and provide easy access to the range of activities the area has to offer.
This town is home to an affluent farming community and timber industry. Visitors to the region should be sure to stop at the ultra-clear Blue Spring. Water from this spring is bottled and represents 60% of New Zealand's bottled water. In this region activities such as trout fishing, swimming, tubing, kayaking and snorkelling are very popular. In fact within a 20 km radius of town are at least 20 rivers stocked with rainbow and brown trout. The town has a good range of shops and services and makes an ideal pit stop on a driving holiday tour of New Zealand in one of our campervan hire vehicles.
This is a small town at the northern end of the Kiama Ranges which has built a reputation as being the ultimate spa destination. Visitors have come to this town for over 120 years to soak in the Te Aroha Hot Springs. The hot mineral pools and the world's only hot soda water geyser can be found at the base of Mt Te Aroha. Bushwalking, exploration of old gold mining sites and mountain biking are very popular with visitors. However with its range of historic buildings, art galleries and antique shops there are many ways to spend your time.
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