Top things to do

Top Choice Cafe in Hamilton

Hayes Common

Journey across to Hamilton East to this bustling new opening in a former garage. Thoroughly unpretentious, Hayes Common's versatile menu stretches from acai bowls for breakfast through to dukkah fried eggs or a jerk…
Top Choice Museum in Hamilton

Waikato Museum

The excellent Waikato Museum has several main areas: an art gallery; interactive science galleries; Tainui galleries housing Māori treasures, including the magnificently carved waka taua (war canoe), Te Winikawaka; …
Top Choice Malyasian in Hamilton

Madame Woo

The authentic flavours of Malaysian street food are served in this high-ceilinged space just off Victoria St. Partner Asian-inspired cocktails or craft beer with Madame Woo's signature hawker rolls crammed with pork…
Top Choice Gardens in Hamilton

Hamilton Gardens

Spread over 50 hectares southeast of the city centre, Hamilton Gardens incorporates a large park, cafe, restaurant and extravagant themed enclosed gardens. There are separate Italian Renaissance, Chinese, Japanese, …
Tapas in Hamilton

Gothenburg

Showcasing a scenic riverside spot with high ceilings and a summer-friendly deck, Gothenburg is one of our favourite Hamilton restaurants. The menu of shared plates effortlessly spans the globe – try the pork and ki…
Craft Beer in Hamilton

Craft

Fifteen rotating taps of amber goodness flow at Craft, which is plenty to keep the city’s craft-beer buffs coming back. Brews from around NZ make a regular appearance, with occasional surprising additions from inter…
Modern NZ in Hamilton

Chim Choo Ree

In a heritage building beside the river, Chim Choo Ree focuses on small plates such as tuna tartare with rugby grapefruit, goat curd tortellini, and confit pork belly, plus larger, equally inventive mains using duck…
Ice Cream in Hamilton

Duck Island Ice Cream

A dazzling array of ever-changing flavours – how does rhubarb and Szechuan peppercorn or blackberry, sage and honey sound? – makes Duck Island one of NZ’s best ice-cream parlours. The sunny corner location is infuse…
Monument in Hamilton

Riff Raff

One of Hamilton’s more unusual public artworks is a life-sized statue of Rocky Horror Picture Show writer Richard O’Brien, aka Riff Raff, the time-warping alien from the planet Transsexual. It looks over a small par…
River in Hamilton

Waikato River

Bush-covered walkways run along both sides of the river and provide the city’s green belt. Jogging paths continue to the boardwalk circling Lake Rotoroa, west of the centre. Memorial Park is closer to town and has t…