Hamilton, perhaps the most underrated city in Aotearoa New Zealand to visit. Definitely not overcrowded with plenty of space to breathe deeply. Hamilton is New Zealand’s River City. Visitors tend to scoot through Hamilton on their way to Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves. Hamilton’s trump card is the majestic Waikato River. A grand sweep of water, waterways and verdant green is the city’s calling card. The temptation to slip outdoors and explore the fabulous river walks makes Hamilton a great destination.
A New Zealand Dotterel
Things to do on Rotoroa Island include observing endangered bird and animal species who are free to wander throughout the Island. It is the visitors who are managed where they go and told how to behave. The local inhabitants set the pace, wekas are known to cheekly invite themselves into your accommodation to see what you are doing. There is a heritage trail, complete with a museum to wander through. Hiking, swimming and volunteering are encouraged and, for fishing enthusiasts, great spots to try your hand at catching your evening meal.
Getting to Rotoroa is an adventure in itself as you let go of city living. The scheduled Fullers Ferry departing early in the morning. There is one scheduled sailing a day to the Island during summer. Effectively Island visitors are limited by the transport options to the Island.
For those whose budget is flexible there are options of sea planes and chartered boats. As always check transport operators for up to date information.