Welcome to Hamilton, New Zealand!
A Guide for our International Students and Visitors
Hamilton is a city located approximately 1.5 - 2 hours south from Auckland. It is New Zealand's largest inland city with an estimated population of 165,400 (2017). Hamilton is an ethnically diverse and fairly young hub, which is vibrant and bursting with restaurants, nightlife, parks, leisure centres, sports venues and family-friendly activities.
New Zealand's longest river, the Waikato River, runs right through Hamilton City. There are many, beautiful walks that you can do along the river.
How to get to Hamilton - From Auckland International Airport.
There are multiple options for transport from Auckland International Airport to Hamilton. The trip from Auckland to Hamilton usually takes between 1.5 and 2 hours depending on traffic. See below options for transport to Hamilton:
-Intercity Bus (https://www.intercity.co.nz/cheap-north-island-buses/auckland-airport-to-hamilton-shuttle/)
- Minibus Express (https://www.minibus.co.nz/)
- Supervan Shuttle (http://www.supervans.co.nz/auckland)
- Supershuttle (https://www.supershuttle.co.nz/)
- Auckland Rental Cars (https://www.aucklandairport.co.nz/transport/rental-cars)
Please find below a few options to help with immediate accommodation and long term accommodation in Hamilton.
- Airbnb (https://www.airbnb.co.nz/s/Flagstaff--Hamilton--New-Zealand)
- Trivago (https://www.trivago.co.nz/hamilton-531904/hotel)
- Motels: https://www.ascotlodgemotel.co.nz/ / http://www.classicmotel-hamilton.co.nz/home / http://www.autolodgemotel.co.nz/ / https://www.ballinormotorinn.co.nz/
- Rental/ Purchase Properties (https://www.lodge.co.nz/) (https://harcourts.co.nz/Property/Residential/All/Hamilton-City-Flagstaff?view=list)
Hamilton Emergency Services and Information
IN ALL SERIOUS EMERGENCIES PLEASE CALL 111 - your call will be received and directed through to either the Police, Fire Department or Ambulance Paramedics.
The Hamilton Central Police station is located at :
12 Bridge Street
Emergency Health Centres
Waikato Hospital - Emergency Department
Open 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week
Anglesea Accident and Emergency (A&E)
Gate 1, Cnr Thackery and Anglesea Street
Open 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week
Tui Medical Accident and Medical Centre - Rototuna
Horsham Downs Road and Thomas Road
Open: 8 am -8 pm, 7 Days a Week
Healthline is a fantastic telephone service where you can speak with a registered nurse about any health-related issue you or a friend/ family member might be experiencing. You can free call them on 0800611 116, 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week.
Flagstaff Dental Clinic
Flagstaff Shopping Centre
1158 River Road
8.30am - 6pm
Emergency Dental Care
Hamilton Dental Emergency Centre
481 Anglesea Street
How to get around in Hamilton
Hamilton is a very easy place to get around. There are no major highways and the public bus system is run very smoothly. Please see below a link to the transport centre and bus timetables. Alternatively, taxi's are available and Hamilton is also connected with UBER.
Citizens Advice Bureau
The Citizens Advice Bureau can provide you with a range of advice. Free phone them on 0800 367 222 or visit www.cab.org.nz
Immigration New Zealand
Information to assist you with settling into New Zealand.
Ethnic Affairs Language Line
Provides access to Government Services
Free Phone 0800 656656
Settlement Centre Waikato
Provides a range of services to assist with newcomers to Hamilton and the Waikato. A not-for-profit organisation offering interpreting and translating services.
46G Boundary Road
Appropriate insurance for your stay in New Zealand is to be organised by yourself / privately. Endeavour School does not organise insurance for International Students. Please see below commonly used insurance companies our present and past students have used:
Phone and Internet Services
New Zealand has a few telephone and internet services to choose from, all of which have great bundle deals including oversea's calling minutes and internet data. Please see below a few of the most popular providers. These providers can usually be found in Hamilton's shopping malls, the closest ones being at Chartwell Mall and The Base Shopping Centre. Purchasing a cheap mobile phone from one of these service providers usually works out to be cheaper than using your oversea's mobile here in New Zealand
Local Sports and Arts Clubs
Hamilton has many out of school/ local sports and art clubs that children are welcome to join. Joining these clubs is up to parents/caregivers to organise - these are not in connection with Endeavour School.
Learn to Swim (https://www.acelearntoswim.co.nz/) (https://www.hamiltonpools.co.nz/)
Fairfield Athletics Club (http://www.sportwaikato.org.nz/directory/fairfield-amateur-athletics-club.aspx)
Waikato Table Tennis (http://www.sporty.co.nz/wtta)
Music and Arts (https://www.exciteacademy.co.nz/)
Junior Rugby (http://wcjr.nz/)
Waikato Tourism Hot Spots
Hamilton is a fantastic base city to live in because it is so centrally located in the North Island. Many families like to go on day trips during the weekend to visit some of New Zealand's best tourist hotspots. Below are a few "must visit", places around Hamilton.
The beautiful set from the Lord of The Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit is located in Matamata ( 45 minutes from Hamilton). Tours are available daily and special events happen every few months. A truly magical and beautiful place to visit, it is not to be missed!
Raglan is a stunning beach town approximately 45 minutes drive from Hamilton. It boasts famous "black sand" and attracts many professional surfers. There are some lovely unique shops to visit and delicious places to eat at. The harbour fish and chips are always a good option for lunch!
The Hamilton Gardens first opened in 1960, and it is Hamilton's biggest tourist hotspot. The Gardens span over 54 hectares and feature speciality collection gardens, a beautiful lake with cafe' overlooking, rose gardens, children playground and walkways down to the river. The Hamilton Gardens won the International Garden of the Year award in 2014.
Waitomo is a 1-hour drive south from Hamilton and is famous for its extensive cave systems which are filled with thousands of glow worms! There are many different underground adventures you can participate in, including black water raftering, caving, abseiling and underground boat rides. There is also a Kiwi House where you will be able to see a real Kiwi bird!