Hamilton is New Zealand’s fourth largest urban area, and is strategically situated beside the Waikato River in the heart of the fertile Waikato plains. The Waikato river and the city’s extensive gully networks form a significant part of the city’s natural and operating environment. Almost half of New Zealand’s residents live within a 135-kilometre radius of the city.
Hamilton has a very mild climate and moderate year round. Rainfall keeps the city and surrounding area very green. Mean temperatures – 18C in January (summer) and 9C in July (winter)
Hamilton is situated at the centre of one of the richest agricultural and pastoral areas in the world. Major service centre for the Waikato region – New Zealand’s highest export region with 20% of all exports. City is New Zealand’s leading area for hi-tech innovative manufacturing and engineering industries. Dairy industry is centred around Hamilton and Waikato – world class centre of agricultural biotech excellence. It is home to much of New Zealand’s science research and numerous major research facilities. 11,000 businesses located within Hamilton. More than 40,000 tertiary students at University of Waikato, Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) and Te Wananga o Aotearoa. Home to national Agricultural Fieldays – largest agricultural trade show in the southern Hemisphere (generating $290 million sales). City’s closeness to two main sea ports (Auckland and Tauranga), 2 international airports (Auckland and Hamilton), railway, south Auckland industrial base and state highways provide significant opportunities for export and import.