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By basing your stay in Hamilton (The holiday hub of the central North Island), you are within a short drive to the pristine beauty of The Coromandel Peninsula, the superb sandy beaches of Mount Maunganui and the "Thermal Wonderland" of Rotorua (The Maori cultural capital of New Zealand), beautiful Lake Taupo (New Zealand's largest lake), or a short trip to see the grandeur of the Waitomo Caves. For those who enjoy surfing, there is the choice of great surfing beaches to the west at Raglan, or northeast to The Mount.

During the Winter months, visit Whakapapa and Turoa skifields, on the magnificent slopes of Mt Ruapehau, and enjoy a full day's fun in the snow.

Education and research are important to the city, through the University of Waikato and through the agricultural research centre at Ruakura, which have been responsible for much of New Zealand's innovation in agriculture. Hamilton annually hosts the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek, the southern hemisphere's largest agricultural trade exhibition. Mystery Creek is the country's largest event centre and hosts other events of national importance, such as the National Car Show and the National Boat Show. Manufacturing and retail are also important to the local economy, as is the provision of health services through the Waikato Hospital. The city is home to New Zealand's only aircraft-manufacturing operation, as well as its largest concentration of trailer-boat manufacturers.

Hamilton is a rapidly growing small city of over 170,000 people, including 25,000 students, mostly enrolled in one of the city's two tertiary institutes, the University of Waikato and Waikato Institute of Technology.

It is centrally located within the North Island, with around 1.5 million people - 40% of New Zealand's total population - living within a 250-km radius. The city lies at a major rail and road nexus. Hamilton's airport has now been upgraded to service international flights, although these are still largely restricted to trans-Tasman and Polynesian destinations.