New Zealand North Island 2017 travel blog

Matamata to Hamilton Thurs 5th Jan. 9-21°C Clear and sunny

Had breakfast at a bakery cafe before setting off to Hamilton. Nice drive through the countryside past dairy farms and crops.

Too early for check-in so we parked down by the river and relaxed. The Waikato River is clear and fast flowing as it winds through Hamilton and its lovely parks, the large Hamilton Gardens and Memorial Park are especially pretty.

Checked in to the Quest Hamilton for two nights, well appointed modern apartments in a refurbished historic building. Pricey (no, I’m not telling) but well located, and a treat at the end of our North Island journey. There’s a good Columbus Coffee Shop and Cafe on the corner of the building (that’s me catered for) and it’s an easy walk to the Skycity Casino, restaurants, and shopping mall.

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