The University of Waikato
Gate 1, 1 Knighton Road

Getting to the University

The University of Waikato’s main campus is in Hamilton, 4km from the city centre. The University campus is located in the suburb of Hillcrest and may be accessed from either Knighton Road or Hillcrest Road.

By Car

The airport is about 15 minute drive from the University, and 20 minute drive from the city centre, and has direct flights to/from Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland and Palmerston North.  There is plenty of free, unrestricted car-parking available on campus, via Gate 1 (Knighton Road) and Gate 10 (Silverdale Road).

By Bus

The university and city-centre are linked by buses 13 and 17, which between them depart every 15 minutes during the day, and 30 minutes in the evening. Additionally, The Orbiter route provides a fast link between Knighton Road (University) and Bridge Street (near city centre)


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Hamilton Gardens 1 smallHamilton & Waikato Region

From long stretching beaches and a thriving metropolitan city to underground wonders and Middle-earth movie magic, the Hamilton & Waikato region’s diversity provides endless options for any business event.
Situated in the heart of the North Island, the Hamilton & Waikato region offers something for everyone. Rich in natural wonders, the area encompasses New Zealand’s fourth largest city, the country’s longest river, Hobbiton Movie Set, and the world famous Waitomo Caves.

The region’s diverse natural landscape offers a variety of activity options – surrounded by ancient mountains, long stretching plains give way to unmatched subterranean cave systems and black sand beaches of the rugged west coast. Great walking, hiking, and cycling trails lead to awe-inspiring views and beautiful waterfall finds, while native forests and rolling green hills are also prevalent throughout the region.

Home to the Maori King, the cultural significance of the region is evident in the many taonga (treasures) of the Tainui tribe which adorn the local museums. Along with this proud Maori heritage, the region is also one of the country’s and world’s richest agricultural areas and is well-known as a centre for innovation and creativity across a wide range of industry and business sectors.

The Hamilton & Waikato region is conveniently situated in close proximity to other activity hotspots and provides the perfect base from which to explore the central North Island. Several highways pass through the region including State Highway 1 taking in Hamilton City, Cambridge and Tirau, connecting to Auckland in the north and Taupo in the south. State Highway 3 takes in Waitomo along with neighbouring towns, Otorohanga and Te Kuiti. Air services operate through Hamilton International Airport, providing regular domestic flights to destinations throughout New Zealand.


Hobbiton 3 smallRegional Highlights

Metropolitan Hub
Hamilton City boasts an award-winning restaurant and nightlife scene along with a variety of entertainment options. Stroll along the Waikato River or take a cruise, spend an evening at Skycity Hamilton casino or the award-winning micro-brewery. Or perhaps visit the internationally recognised Hamilton Gardens which showcases 21 themed gardens from the farthest reaches of the world.
Middle-earth Movie Magic
Peter Jackson looked no further than the Hamilton & Waikato region when seeking the setting for The Shire in his epic adaptation of the JRR Tolkien classic, The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Having been permanently rebuilt for the filming of The Hobbit trilogy, visitors can experience movie magic and hear behind-the-scenes stories of what went on during filming at Hobbiton Movie Set near Matamata.
With a wealth of boutique accommodation, rejuvenating spa pools, gourmet eateries and numerous golf courses, the region is perfect for an indulgent escape. Rural settings offer secluded country retreats while Hamilton City boasts endless shopping and a vibrant arts scene for an indulgent break with an urban twist.
Underground Wonders
Waitomo Caves offer an underground playground like no other. Take an awe-inspiring walk and magical boat ride under thousands of glowworms, or for the more adventurous at heart, try abseiling and black water rafting through the caves with the many activity options. Cave networks in the North
Waikato also offer a range of subterranean adventures.
Retail Therapy
From designer lanes to New Zealand’s largest shopping complex, the region has a variety of retail outlets to choose from. High-end fashion stores and various malls can be found in central Hamilton, while the region’s smaller offering antique stores, contemporary homewares and unique gift shops.
Gourmet Delights
With top dining establishments, wineries and bakeries, organic fresh produce and several farmers markets, the region is a foodie’s heaven. Local artisan producers of cheese, meats, breads and tea are based in the region, many with onsite cafés offering samples fresh from their fields or factories.
Arts & Heritage
The Waikato Museum reveals the significant Maori history of the region while smaller museums highlight their local pioneering, mining, hydroelectricity, dairy and equine heritage. The arts and creative sectors are gaining a reputation for themselves as leaders in showcasing local, national and
international work.
On the Water
The Waikato River, the country’s longest river, provides great kayaking, fishing and boating, particularly on Lake Karapiro, whilst scenic river and sunset harbour cruises offer an idyllic experience. Mineral spas also feature throughout the region while the coastal town of Raglan is home to one of the longest left-hand surf breaks in the world.