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Lifestyle is a Big Draw for the Waikato

The practical advantages of location, population, a stable workforce and competitive pricing are all there too, but it's lifestyle that puts icing on the cake. Enormous recreational opportunities include trout fishing, sailing, wind surfing and water skiing on the region's rivers and lakes. A 20 minute drive from the city, at Lake Karapiro, world-class rowing facilities are available. The mighty Waikato River,  which flows through Hamilton, is a centre for aquatic activities such as rafting.

Hamilton can truly be called a clean, green city, with its extensive tree planting and good air quality, maintained by the City Council's commitment to environmental policies. A number of first class golf courses are available, along with high-quality venues for athletics, bowls, soccer, cycling, badminton, shooting, cricket, tennis and ten-pin bowling, cruising and dining on the paddle steamer. World-class ski slopes arePaddle Boat on Waikato River close at hand, while those who prefer their fun warm can find a number of hot springs in the region.

The restaurant scene is truly cosmopolitan, with a multi-cultural mix bringing a feast of flavours for the diner's delight. Continental cafe-style dining sees folk relaxing at outdoor tables where they can enjoy Hamilton's mild climate.

Educational facilities are excellent, with 31 primary and intermediate schools, 10 secondary schools (four of which are private), and an abundance of pre-school facilities. Waikato University offers an attractive alternative to other centres for tertiary education, as does the Waikato Polytechnic.

Health needs are catered for with a wide range of high-quality private and public services, including New Zealand's largest hospital complex. Culture isn't neglected, with four theatres, 10 galleries and the Waikato Museum of Art and History in which to while away many an idle hour.

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