12 hours Hamilton

Entrance to Rocket Coffee.


Lovers of sport, great food and wine are all part of a population of people who have a palpable sense of loyalty to their city, and with plenty to be proud of it’s no wonder they have made it home.


Hamilton East

For a city that prides itself on sport and agriculture, Hamilton East is injecting a much welcomed dose of creative flair to the Waikato region, where locally owned and operated ice cream and fried chicken joints lie opposite vintage shops, and down a converted alleyway you’ll find anything from yoga to a framing store to a modern day grocers.

A young and enthusiastic atmosphere makes this suburb a bubbly addition to centre town located just over the bridge. Known affectionately as ‘Irishtown’ in the mid 20th Century due to the high number of Irish inhabitants, Hamilton East now welcomes visitors from all around the globe, and most notably to the stunning Hamilton Gardens that sees about 1.3 million people through its gates every year.