Hamilton - Heart of the
Hamilton, heart of the mighty Waikato, is at the centre of one of the richest
agricultural and pastoral areas in the world, and is the largest inland city in New
A major commercial and industrial centre with a population of around 103'000,
Hamilton can draw on 1.6 million people from within a radius of 150 kilometres. The
Waikato Region, in 1996, had a population of 350,125.
Hamilton is strategically located on four major highways, and has the biggest
railway junction in New Zealand, serving the country's two busiest railway lines -- the
North Island Main Trunk line and the East Coast Main Trunk. The city's export markets are
serviced by two major ports, at Auckland and Tauranga.
The modern airport facility is currently being extended to international
While the wealth of the Waikato indisputably comes from its primary produce,
Hamilton places a strong emphasis on manufacturing. This ensures new companies can
maintain their equipment, purchase supplies, and receive expert advice and assistance of
the highest standard.
Drawcards to fuel visitor numbers are such events as the national agricultural Mystery Creek Fieldays, held
at Hamilton every year. A major international world-class agricultural exhibition, it is
the largest of its type in the southern hemisphere.