CWC 2015: Hamilton fact file

Key facts about CWC 2015 host city, Hamilton

  • Hamilton is Waikato’s main centre and New Zealand’s  largest  inland city
  • A population of 159,000 makes Hamilton New Zealand’s fourth largest   city, and the second fastest growing city
  • Hamilton’s Māori name is Kirikiriroa
  • The Waikato region has major cultural significance as the home to Kingitanga, the Māori King movement. The Māori King still resides here today
  • The region is connected to the sea by the Waikato River which at 425km is New Zealand's longest river
  • Eight bridges cross the river in Hamilton city and there are eight hydro stations between the mouth of the river at Lake Taupo to Port Waikato where it empties into the Tasman Sea
  • Waikato River and its environs have a strong impact on sport and leisure with a wealth of cycle tracks and walkways along the banks. The river is also the home training ground to New Zealand’s elite rowing squad
  • Waikato’s lush fertile countryside is perfect farmland and dairy is the region’s prime industry
  • Education, research and development are an important part of the local economy with 1000 Ph-D qualified scientists and 40,000 tertiary students living in Hamilton
  • Hamilton is renowned for its extensive parks and gardens - Hamilton Gardens won the 2014 International Garden of the Year award
  • Hobbiton, the 12-acre movie set used in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies, is situated on a working sheep farm near Matamata - 43km from Hamilton
  • The  picturesque film set featuring 44 hobbit holes and an authentic pub, the Green Dragon,  is New Zealand’s fastest growing tourist attraction
  • Waikato is limestone country and the ancient Waitomo Caves near Hamilton are world famous for black water rafting and glow worms which naturally light a fascinating array of intricate stalactites, stalagmites, deep caverns and streams
  • New Zealand’s highest cave abseil descends more than 100m into Waitomo Caves
  • Raglan, with black sand beaches and a world-class left hand break, is a surfing mecca and just 45 minutes by road from Hamilton
  • Hamilton Zoo has New Zealand’s largest free-flight aviary dedicated to native birds and plants
  • Waikato is also home to New Zealand’s only tea plantation – Zealong Tea Estate is grown organically and claimed to be the world’s purest tea

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