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Monday Escape: Hamilton, New Zealand


Hamilton is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand, having gone from a mild-mannered rural region to one of the north island’s trendiest scenes in a short time. Its booming economy has earned the area the nickname of: “Hamiltron: city of the future.”

The Waikato River flows through the heart of the urban center, which today is a bustling retail district, filled with shops, cafes and restaurants. In fact, Hamilton currently has the second largest collection of cafes in the country! Furthermore, 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.”

Attractions abound throughout Hamilton City and its surrounding region. Hamilton Gardens is the region’s most popular tourist attraction and hosts the Hamilton Gardens Summer Festival each year. Other local attractions include Hamilton Zoo, the Waikato Museum, the Hamilton Astronomical Society Observatory, the Arts Post art gallery, and the SkyCity casino.

Hamilton also has a thriving student environment, symbolizing the city’s youthful buzz and growing optimism. The city is the perfect place for expats– pleasant weather, lots to do and best of all, it’s cheap! And the time to move is definitely now. Get in on the exciting growth of this up and coming locale while it’s still up and coming, and help make it into your own.


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