Hamilton is a pretty town 80 miles (128km) south of Auckland.
It's proximity to the bigger city means it is often overlooked by
tourists in New Zealand, however as an excursion from Auckland,
Hamilton has some worthwhile sights to offer. There are several hot
springs around Hamilton, and the city is full of gardens, parks and
river walks. Not far out of Hamilton is Matamata, home to the
Hobbiton Movie Set, the 'Hobbit village' created for The Lord of
the Rings film trilogy. Guided 'film and farm' tours are offered
for fans of the movies.