Hamilton City is approximately 130 kilometres south of Auckland City and enjoys a welcoming spirit, rich history and vast array of local attractions. [161] Many of the houses are still in place, the majority being the classic 90sq2 three-bedroom design used as standard across New Zealand for railway staff.[162]. [36] Hamilton was settled by the 4th regiment of the Waikato Militia. [124], The Hamilton Ring Road project was initiated to free some of the city's streets from peak-traffic congestion and improve connectivity around the city. The city is home to New Zealand's largest aircraft manufacturer, Pacific Aerospace, which manufactured its 1,000th aircraft in August 2009, and previously Micro Aviation NZ which manufactured and exported high-quality microlight aircraft. The city is host to a large number of small galleries and the Waikato Museum. [175] In 1913 the works was expanded and mains laid over the railway bridge into Hamilton East and along Ohaupo Rd. See our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy to understand how you can manage cookies. Search. Sailing takes place on Hamilton lake for 9 months of the year. [34] By the time British settlers arrived after 1863, most of these villages had been abandoned as a result of the land confiscation, also known as Raupatu. Waikato. [214], Despite the improvements there have been on-going problems. [71] Phillip Yeung was elected as a Councillor in the East Ward, yet died while in office. The mayor, 6 councillors and the electricity staff all resigned. A telegraph line from Auckland came shortly after the invasion,[166] reaching Whatawhata, Te Awamutu and Cambridge by October 1864. Auckland Gas Company had been set up in 1862, but it wasn't until the Hamilton Gasworks Act 1895 that Henry Atkinson (son of the manager of Auckland gasworks)[170] was allowed to set up a gasworks in Clarence St on allotment 322 (see photo of the [3]) and put gas pipes under the streets. A sandy strip running alongside the Waikato River gives this unusual inner-city gem its ‘beachy’ appeal. Hamilton, Waikato (615) Cambridge, Waikato (36) Te Rapa, Waikato (34) Company. There are direct flights with Air New Zealand to Christchurch, Palmerston North and Wellington, and with Sun Air to New Plymouth, Gisborne and Tauranga also there are charter flights to other destinations throughout the North Island. Free cancellation. Both the college and the temple were built by labour missionaries. Hamilton has six public libraries located throughout the city with the Central Library housing the main reference and heritage collection. Encompassing a land area of about 110 km (42 sq mi) on the banks of the Waikato River, Hamilton is part of the wider Hamilton Urban Area, which also encompasses the nearby towns of Ngāruawāhia, Te Awamutu and Cambridge. As the largest inland city in the country, winters are cool and mornings can feature the coldest temperatures of the North Island's main centres, dropping as low as −3 °C (27 °F) several times per year. There were 78,354 males and 82,554 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.95 males per female. [53] State Highway 1 runs through the western and southern suburbs and has a major junction with State Highway 3 south of the city centre, which contributes to congestion. Hamilton annually hosts the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek, the southern hemisphere's biggest agricultural trade exhibition. The original hill ran from the present Wintec site eastwards to the old post office (now casino). Hobbiton Movie Set & Farms Tours is 40 minutes' drive away. [198], Chlorine is added at 0.3 ppm and fluoride has been added since 1966, though with a brief withdrawal in 2013/14 and referenda supporting it in 2006[199] and 2013. Hamilton is fast becoming a motorsport venue as well. By the time English settlers arrived, most of these villages, which sat beside the Waikato River, were abandoned as a result of the Invasion of Waikato and land confiscation (Raupatu) by the Crown. The main area of population growth is in the Flagstaff-Rototuna area. Keep browsing if you're happy with this. Encompassing a land area of about 110 km2 (42 sq mi)[5] on the banks of the Waikato River, Hamilton is part of the wider Hamilton Urban Area, which also encompasses the nearby towns of Ngāruawāhia, Te Awamutu and Cambridge. [148] The plan for the area says, "it is intended that the arterial routes also make provision for alternative modes of transport such as light rail by maintaining corridors."[149]. The visually stunning Hamilton Gardens are webbed by paths that journey through a gallery of themed gardens from grand Italy to tranquil Asia. 6,456 reviews. … Hamilton Christian School is a private coeducational nondenominational Christian school for Years 1–13, founded in 1982. Although telegraph came to Hamilton with the 1864 invasion which established the town, it was quite late in developing its gas (1895), water (1903), sewage (1907) and electricity supplies (1913), probably because its population remained low; in 1911 Hamilton's population was 3,542 and Frankton's 1,113. In 2011 a further stage was opened, with cinemas, restaurants, shops and an underground carpark. [184] To cope with river levels below the intake pipes, a floating pumping platform was installed in 2016. The Waikato tribe is one of the city's largest landowners. [160], Frankton also was home to the Way and Works depot, still in operation as the KiwiRail Network depot. Hotel is clean and convenient. Lighting was provided for streets, houses and the Empire Hotel in Frankton, initially only from 7.30am to 5pm, using a labourer, a meter reader and two linesmen. The current Waikato valley had cut into the debris by about 12 ka. Novotel Hamilton Tainui. Due to an ice age, vegetation was slow to restabilise the ash, so dunes formed up to 25 m (82 ft) above the local Hinuera surface. Fog is common during winter mornings, especially close to the Waikato River which runs through the city centre. Hamilton originated as a military settlement on the site of a deserted Maori village. The electorates are currently represented by: Education and research are important to the city—Hamilton is home to two institutes of higher education, the University of Waikato and the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec). Initially sections were large enough for septic tanks to work as well as they could in peatlands, but it wasn't long before the 1882 drainage scheme[195] was used for sewage connections. Reefton had electricity from 1888. The event celebrated its 71st year on 11 April 2010.[96]. Declared a borough in 1877 and a city in 1945, it was named for Additionally, Hamilton is home to a number of state-integrated and private schools. After Farmers Hamilton moves from its existing site on corner of Alexandra and Collingwood streets into the redeveloped Centre Place in late 2013,[86] each major mall will have the department store as an anchor tenant. Find the top-rated and best-reviewed tours and activities in Hamilton, New Zealand for 2020. Rugby league is also played in Hamilton with the two local teams, Hamilton City Tigers and Hamilton Hornets/College Old Boys, playing in the Premier Division of the Waikato Rugby League. Properties with special offers. [citation needed] Many large retailers such as Farmers and other nationwide speciality chains have located at Te Awa. St Peter's Cathedral, built in 1916, is the Anglican cathedral in Hamilton, on Cathedral Hill at the southern end of Victoria Street. [38] Many of the soldier/settlers who intended to farm after the 1863 war, walked off their land in 1868 due to its poor quality. [191] In 1931 the system was upgraded, with larger pipes and an 86 ft (26 m) tower on Ruakiwi Rd, holding 2,600,000 imp gal (11,819,834 l). It was too efficient for private builders, who got the housing factory closed in 1929. There is also St Mary's Roman Catholic cathedral on the opposite side of the river. As of 2016, the city continues to grow rapidly. The bridge was expanded to 4 lanes in early 2013. Tainui owns land at The Base, Centre Place, The Warehouse Central, University of Waikato, Wintec, the Courthouse, Fairfield College, and the Ruakura AgResearch centre. Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Ngāruawāhia, Taupiri, Horotiu, Horsham Downs, Huntly, Gordonton, Ohaupo, Ngāhinapōuri, Te Kowhai, Whatawhata, Tamahere, Matangi, Tauwhare, Rukuhia, Kihikihi. It was linked to the Te Rapa Section of the Waikato Expressway in 2012. [147] Construction of the $150m bridge over the Waikato is planned between 2020 and 2023. [84] The Waikato tribe is a major shareholder of the Novotel Tainui and the Hotel Ibis. Te Awa, an enclosed speciality retail mall at The Base, was awarded a silver medal by the International Council of Shopping Centres for the second-best expansion in the Asia Pacific region.[102]. We have reviews of the best places to see in Hamilton. 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In 2020, Hamilton was awarded the title of most beautiful large city in New Z… [192] Until 1939 on Sundays visitors could climb the tower for 6d. Currently the third fastest growing urban area in New Zealand, Hamilton is certainly a city on the rise. Southwell School is a private co-educational Anglican primary school. In December 2011 several rua or food storage pits were found near the Waikato River bank, close to the Waikato museum. [60] Early photos of Hamilton East show carts buried up to their axles in thick mud. With its large tertiary student population at Wintec and Waikato University, approximately 40,000 tertiary students, Hamilton has a significant transient population. Safer Speed Areas 40 km/h limits were first introduced in Hamilton in 2011 and by 2014 there were 36 of them,[115] many in suburbs near the river. and was further modified by the 181 AD Hatepe eruption, when again Lake Taupo level fell 34 m (112 ft), generating a 20 km3 (4.8 cu mi) flood, equivalent to 5 years' normal flow in just a few weeks. InterCity Coachlines operates a bus from Hamilton - Central to Auckland - Central hourly. [93] An ongoing classical concert series featuring world class musicians[94] is held throughout the year at the Gallagher Concert Chamber, organised by the University of Waikato, Conservatorium of Music. [217], Hamilton was also late in getting electricity. Get Hamilton's weather and area codes, time zone and DST. Early map of Hamilton, 1864, Waikato Museum. By 1928 the Council had 3,381 consumers and charges were down to 6d per kWh for lighting and 2d per kWh for power and heating. (Hastings Standard, 1912-06-08)", "Papers Past – FIRE PREVENTION. The first railway bridge, the Claudelands Bridge, was opened in 1884. [207] By 1919 only about a third of the city had sewers,[208] but between 1923 and 1925 "considerable progress" was made and sewage reticulation was further extended in 1933. Filters. Education and research and development play an important part in Hamilton's economy, as the city is home to approximately 40,000 tertiary students and 1,000 PhD-qualified scientists. Lake Rotoroa (Hamilton Lake) began forming about 20,000 years ago. [127] Prior to that the junction with SH3 had been at Victoria Street / Bridge Street and SH1 had used Grey Street and Cambridge Road. #3 Best Value of 127 places to stay in Hamilton. A 24 million litre reservoir opened at Kay Road in north Rototuna in 2017,[203] providing Hamilton's ninth reservoir, the others being at Dinsdale (2), Fairfield, Hillcrest, Maeroa, Pukete and, as above, at Ruakiwi. [154] Te Rapa is at the northern end of the 25 kV AC 50 Hz electrification between Hamilton and Palmerston North. In some areas such as Te Rapa, one old path of an ancient river can be traced. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 62,763 (49.6%) people were employed full-time, 17,631 (13.9%) were part-time, and 7,095 (5.6%) were unemployed.[68]. Hamilton was surrounded by 7 large peat bogs such as Komakorau to the North and Rukuhia and Moanatuatua to the South, as well as many smaller ones all of which have now been drained with only small remnants remaining. Book 9+ rooms . Hamilton has 6 major dendritic gully complexes with the 15 km long, 12 branch, Kirikiriroa system being in the north of the city and the southern Mystery creek-Kaipaki gully complex being the largest. Each year in April, Hamilton supports the '5 Bridges' swimming challenge. Hamilton's station is located in Frankton at the junction of the East Coast Main Trunk line (ECMT) and the North Island Main Trunk line (NIMT). Visit top-rated & must-see attractions. ), violent crimes (being mugged or robbed, being attacked or insulted), corruption and other crimes. However, by the 1830s Ngati Wairere’s principal pa was Kirikiriroa,[30] where the missionaries, who arrived at that time,[31] estimated 200 people lived permanently. The #1 Best Value of 127 places to stay in Hamilton. [40] The first traffic bridge between Hamilton West and Hamilton East, known as the Union Bridge, opened in 1879. [180], By 1890 complaints were being made of a shortage of water in the wells and tanks. 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Originally an agricultural hub, Hamilton today offers a broad range of job opportunities with education and research and development among the largest job providers. The Hamilton section of the Waikato Expressway, due for completion in 2020, or possibly 2021,[114] will shift SH 1 to the east of Hamilton City, effectively bypassing the city and easing congestion between commuting city traffic and through traffic. [209], The trunk lines needed a 165-metre-long (541 ft) bridge, about 14 m (46 ft) above the Waikato, another prestressed concrete box girder bridge over Kirikiriroa Stream at Tauhara Gully and 2 steel pipe bridges over other gullies. Its 60 workers[156] produced almost 1400 pre-fabricated railway houses at a peak rate of 400 a year, using rimu and matai from the railway's central North Island forests. 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In its present form the landscape originated around 20,000 years ago (20 ka), after the Oruanui eruption at Taupo. #2 Best Value of 127 places to stay in Hamilton. The Hamilton Yacht Club has its clubrooms, slipway and ramp on the western side of Lake Rotoroa. It lies 80 miles (130 km) above the mouth of the Waikato River. In 1923, the suburb became even more railway-orientated when the Frankton Junction Railway House Factory opened, producing the famous George Troup designed railway houses sent to many North Island railway settlements, which are now sought-after pieces of real estate. The old dividing peninsula, the start of which is still visible above water on the eastern side, is only 2 m below the surface. Start a new group. [209], The Pukete sewage works cost $12.5m ($160m at 2015 prices). [112] A $6.7m, 2.7 km (1.7 mi) Western Rail Trail opened in 2017 linking Glenview, Melville, and Deanwell, Hamilton Girls’ High School, Wintec and the city centre.[113]. Ibis Hamilton is located on the banks of the Waikato River, in the city center. [182] In 1903 3.2 km (2 mi) of pipes supplied water to 80 properties in Victoria, Anglesea, Collingwood, Clarence and Selkirk streets and the borough turncock reported average use at 15 imperial gallons (68 l) a day[183] (average consumption is now 224 litres (49 imp gal) a day). The Edge and The Rock, two of New Zealand's most popular radio stations, were originally based in Hamilton. There were 54,858 households. [171], It also allowed the city to purchase after 12 years at a price determined by arbitration. In mid-2010, The Base was further expanded with Te Awa Mall complex stage 1. Tauranga Aerodrome Aws is 51 miles from Hamilton, so the actual climate in Hamilton can vary a bit. Well-known for its underground wonders, black sand surf beaches and rolling green hills, the Hamilton - Waikato region of New Zealand offers a wealth of nature-based activities and attractions surrounding a … The Zoo also offers visitors 'Face2Face' encounters with exotic animals. Typically summers are dry and winters wet. Hamilton, New Zealand Hotel Deals. [184] By 1908 nearly all of Hamilton West had piped water, extended to Frankton and Claudelands in 1912. [13] The statue's removal has been linked to calls for the removal of statues of figures associated with colonialism and racism in New Zealand and the world, which were precipitated by the protests related to the killing of George Floyd. Tainui Group Holdings Ltd, the commercial arm of the Waikato tribe, is one of Hamilton's largest property developers. Hamilton i-SITE Visitor Information Centre. With higher rainfall and drainage from the extensive peat land to the west, the water level rose so the narrow peninsula was drowned so forming one larger lake. Deborah Chandler. [37] Between 1912 and 1936, Hamilton expanded with new land in Claudelands (1912), Maeroa (1925), and Richmond – modern day Waikato Hospital and northern Melville (1936). [174], A 100,000 cubic feet (2,800 m3) gasholder was authorised in 1911. (New Zealand Herald, 1931-09-02)", "HAMILTON WATER TREATMENT STATION OPTIMISATION OF FILTRATION PROCESS USING PCDM TECHNOLOGY. [193] The old tower remained until 1966. Several Maori Pa have been part restored at Pukete, Hikuwai and Miropiko along the banks of the Waikato River. Hamilton's central precinct is easy to walk and packed with cafes, restaurants, a casino and bars where you can wine, dine and dance the night away. A fresh baked cake is the first priority of every celebration. [33], Magistrate Gorst, estimated that Kirikiriroa had a population of about 78 before the Invasion of Waikato via the Waikato Wars of 1863–64. The 2008 Lonely Planet guide states that "the city's main street has sprouted a sophisticated and vibrant stretch of bars and eateries that on the weekend at least leave Auckland's Viaduct Harbour for dead in the boozy fun stakes. The population of the Hamilton City is about 129,000. The project had been delayed several years as the previous secondary school serving the area, Fairfield College, was below capacity. Auckland. Initially an agricultural service centre, Hamilton now has a diverse economy and is the third fastest growing urban area in New Zealand, behind Pukekohe and Auckland. It is 6.2 mi from Hamilton International Airport. Further development is planned in the Rototuna and Peacocke suburbs. By 1935 4,458 were connected, with 55 mi (89 km) of line and lighting was down another penny. [137] It had a 70 km/h speed limit. The airport is the base for pilot training schools and the aircraft manufacturer, Pacific Aerospace, is located at the northern end of the runway. It now cleans 40 million litres (11,000,000 US gal)/day, which is aerated for about 2 hours in a sedimentation tank, disinfected with chlorine, dechlorinated with sulphur dioxide and discharged into the Waikato through a diffuser outfall on the river bed. Revealed: The town named New Zealand's most beautiful place. 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 Hamilton New Zealand Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is located in Temple View, Hamilton. [167] From the 1950s Hamilton was linked into the network of microwave towers via the towers at Te Aroha and Te Uku. [64] This is the reason we have made a unique collection of designer cakes that helps to upbringing the spirit of celebration, so don’t wait and order cake online in Hamilton New Zealand. The rapid growth of Hamilton has brought with it the side effects of urban sprawl especially to the north east of the city in the Rototuna area.
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