The North Island city of Hamilton may be landlocked, but its central location, midway between attractions such as Hobbiton, Rotorua and Taupo makes it a great base from which to explore. Wander the banks of the Waikato River or simply head to Hamilton Gardens. Sound good? Here’s our pick of the best boutique hotels and apartments in Hamilton, New Zealand – bookable via Culture Trip.
If you like your city with a side of countryside, this cosy eco-retreat is the perfect compromise. On the doorstep of the Waikato region – barely 20 minutes south of Hamilton by car – stay in self-catering former stable blocks and lofts with pretty bedding and scenic views. Relax in the swimming pool, hot tubs or sauna, admiring the hills of Maungakawa. Don’t miss Bird Rescue Cambridge, which looks after wild birds, as well as surrendered domestic birds.
High on a ridge overlooking Lake Karapiro and the Waikato River, make the most of scenic sunset views across the water. Styled on a traditional English country home, this hotel’s grand drawing room has a Victorian fireplace and an opulent plastered ceiling. Rooms – including vast suites with balconies – are furnished similarly, with antique dark wood beds and gilded mirrors, all with views worth getting out of bed for. Dine well on house-smoked salmon.
This boutique bolthole, a three-minute drive from Hamilton Airport, was established in the 1800s for riverboat crew on the Waikato River. The current B&B, built using a framework recycled from old electricity pylons, has nature-hued rooms in soft greens and yellows. Book the bright and airy Tree Tops apartment in the eaves, where glazed walls – some in coloured glass – frame far-reaching views over the canopies of the Tamahere area and the Acacia Reserve.
In a leafy area, across the road from the University of Waikato’s tree-lined, lake-filled grounds, you can stay as long as you like in these smart three-bedroom townhouses, rentable for up to 42 nights. Sleek kitchens will have you refurbishing yours when you get home, while coastal blues create a soothing atmosphere along with the cosy fire.
This is a rewrite of an article originally by Thalita Alves.
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