Aerial View of Hamilton

Hamilton City Council

Hamilton is New Zealand's largest inland city, and 4th largest urban area with a population of around 131,000 people. It has 3.2 per cent of the total NZ population and is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. The city has a youthful population - around half of residents are under 30 years old. NZ European make up three quarters of the population, and Maori 19 percent and Hamilton is home to more than 80 ethnic groups.

New Zealand's longest river, the Waikato, flows for 16km through the city and Hamilton is home to 135 parks and gardens, 58 sports areas amounting to over 1,000 hectares of open space.

Hamilton is at the centre of one of the richest agricultural and pastoral areas in the world and is a major service centre for the Waikato region - NZ's highest export region with 20 per cent of all exports. The city is a world class centre of agricultural biotech excellence and home to much of NZ's science research and numerous major research facilities as well as being a leading area for hi-tech innovative manufacturing and engineering industries.