The University of Waikato is located in the city of Hamilton, New Zealand's fourth largest city in the northern central area of the North Island, only 90 minutes drive south of Auckland. The Waikato region offers a wide range of recreational activities with many of New Zealand's major lifestyle attractions less than one and a half hours drive from the University These include excellent surfing and swimming beaches, forest parks, lakes, thermal hot pools, and limestone caves. The North Island's central snow covered mountain ski areas are only three hours drive away. New Zealand's popular tourist resort of Rotorua is less than one hour drive.
Hamilton is a scenic city of over 115,000 people offering a relaxed way of life and a healthy environment. The city is well served with many parks, gardens and scenic river walks, and has a flourishing music, art, and cafe culture, all with a New Zealand/Pacific flavour. Hamilton has all the attributes of a larger city combined with the advantages of a small city: no smog, an absence of traffic problems, easy access to outdoor activities. Sport and recreation are abundant and popular; hiking, surfing, caving, horse racing, boating, rowing, kayaking and fishing, golf, rugby, snow skiing and black / white water rafting are just a few activities enjoyed locally. Hamilton has a temperate climate, with mild but wet winters and summers that are warm and dry.
To find out more about Hamilton and the Waikato district, visit the official site of the Hamilton City Council.