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A guide to living in Hamilton

The largest city in Waikato, Hamilton is a bustling student hub abundant in exciting ventures, great music and serene garden walks.

Set on the banks of the Waikato River, Hamilton is considered one among the most affordable student cities in New Zealand. Popular amongst international students for its world-class study and research opportunities, Hamilton is also known as the city of the future.

One of the perks of living in Hamilton is its proximity to international shipping ports, Auckland International Airport and numerous other scenic and adventurous locations. The city is one of the most populous cities in New Zealand and is brimming with employment opportunities for prospective students in health, education, manufacturing, freight and logistics sectors.

Things to do 

Hideout in Hamilton Gardens

Filled with stunning vistas, the Hamilton Gardens is a 58-hectare world of beautiful horticultural skill and imagination. Home to Te Parapara - New Zealand's first traditional Maori garden, here you can witness ceremonies drawn from generations of local Maori and learn the traditional Maori ways of food production and storage.

Seep through the history at Waikato Museum

Witness the majestic history of war waka Te Winika at the Waikato Museum. Dedicated to the heroes of World War 1, the museum exhibits a variety of science galleries and features a rich blend of local artwork. It's a haven of inspiration for budding history enthusiasts.

Feast like a Hobbit at Hobbiton Movie Set

For a Lord of the Ring's fan, Hobbiton is like living a dream. Set in Matamata, an hour's drive from Hamilton the film set of The Shire has been preserved for tourists. Here you can discover the Bag End, the Party Tree and enjoy a banquet feast at the Green Dragon Inn.

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IDP Study Abroad Insights - New Zealand Series 

Study abroad intakes in New Zealand

New Zealand universities offer two major intakes for students – July and February. Know all about it.

Cost of studying in New Zealand

Studying in New Zealand can be quite affordable if planned well. Look at our guide of estimates to help ease your financial budgeting whilst your stay as a student in New Zealand. Yes, we’ve covered expenses like accommodation, food, health coverage and travel too!


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